Is Hatred Easier than Loving ??

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Urmila ‘s first instinctive reaction had been a flood of hurt for being rejected by both her husband n sister, followed by a deep and bitter anger. They had not considered her not at all, each intent on getting what they wanted. And then came the volcano of grief, like molten lava, exploding and scalding each sense, every thought on how she would be wrenched away from the man she loved for fourteen years. A man who did not love her enough , who could betray and forsake her yet again. He did not need her, her heart wept.
“Mila, don’t !” she heard Laksh say hoarsely . “Please don’t hate me so !”
She turned instinctively on hearing his beloved voice, unable to mask the stark despair in her eyes. He winced.
“Don’t hate me for what I have done”, he repeated.”Forgive me, if u can. I know I have failed you!”
There was a lump in her throat ; she could not speak. She did not want to speak; she did not trust herself. The sight of him was so precious….soon it was going to be rare, no, absent-she would not see him for years now. It struck her that they did not have much time. He would be leaving soon. There was no time for anger and rancor , for pain and regret , for hatred or forgiveness . All she could do was love him.

“I love you.” She breathed softly .“Go”
“Yes, I have to. But not with u thinking worst of me. Mila, I love u . But u think I don’t”, he said, his fingers unconsciously loosening her bun at her nape, the hairpin dropping at her feet.”Never , Mila, never think that. I cannot prove what I feel for you but don’t condemn me. Can you feel how you fill my heart, my being, my very soul?” he swallowed convulsively. “ You are in me. And that’s what I shall have when I am without you for the next fourteen years.”
Urmila clutched at his hand, and said tremulously, “Go, Swami. I shall not stop you…”she chocked.
“This is so difficult for us. Make it easier for me, Mila. Make it easier,” he whispered against her lips. “ You are my strength but also my weakness”.
With cold deliberation, she broke away from him. His arms dropped loosely at his side, his face crushed. It was up to her now. She had to be strong, stronger for him as well. One wrong word from her would undo their happiness.
“Love is very close to hate, it doesn’t take much to turn loving to hating “, she said slowly, looking hard into his darkened eyes, moist and soft. “ I love you….but I don’t recognize you anymore . I cannot but hate you for forsaking me . You have spurned me for someone else, something else. You say you love me but you cannot remain with me here in the palace and instead opt to go with your brother. For fourteen years”, she emphasized each word. “ It is he who has been exiled, not you. Why should you accompany him?????? He has Sita with him- the kind soul that she is, the dutiful wife”,she added deliberately .
Lakshman did not reply , he was staring at her in silent appeal.
“And how can I make it easier for you when it is you who has taken the decision ?” she continued ruthlessly . “I wasn’t considered at all, was I? I have known it since I fell in love with you, married you and came here that I would be forsaken- your brother comes first. Yet, I m asking for the impossible ?? That you don’t leave me alone here ?? Don’t say I m needed in the palace to take care of ur old parents .They have bhaiya n Shatrughan here. You either take me with you or don’t go there…stay here for me!!”
She knew she was extracting the impossible from him. She heard him taking in a deep, ragged breath. “You know I can’t do either”.
“I know you would refuse me, again”, she said flatly.”That is what your love is-hurtful and rejecting. You don’t love at all, Lakshman, you cannot love! You were right-you should have never married. You never did love me; even our marriage was forced upon you. It was a convenient arrangement that the other sisters got married to the remaining brothers. I was foolish to convince myself otherwise! All thanks to love!!! Or to whatever is left of it…”she deliberately left her sentence unfinished; as incomplete as she felt right now, as incomplete as she would be from now on.
Urmila went on, his stricken face licking a fire within her. “And anyway, I couldn’t have done what my sister has done . I m relieved that u did not propose so….Look at me, Saumitra!” she looked down pointedly at herself in her shimmering soft silks and gems.
“I m a princess, born in leisure n luxury. Would you expect me to spurn this to chase you in your misguided, wild adventure with your brother eating berries, walking barefoot and cooking meals for the two of you?” she scoffed, hoping she had laced her words with the exact amount of scorn.

She saw him flinch and she felt a sharp stab of sorrow as she realized she had succeeded in her attempt to hurt him as he had inadvertently hurt her. “Will deserting your wife and serving your brother make you more noble? Then let me hate you for that. Let me hate you for the forthcoming 14 yrs- that endless chasm u have driven between us. Now, go!”she choked, turning away …

She did not dare to read the loathing in his eyes; she did not
“So be it, Urmila”, she heard him say. For the first time he had used her full name in private-Urmila-meaning, waves of passion. But she felt passion draining out of her, filling her instead with waves of anguish followed by numbness. Her soul seemed to have been wrenched out of her, her listless, spiritless body, standing alone and upright, her back turned to him.
She heard him changing in the next room. Moments later, he came into his chambers again bare-chested , handsome n stark in his rough bark clothes, he still looked a prince….He seized her hand n forcefully thrust her fallen comb into her numb palm. And he left without a word.
You can hate me for all I just said. I hope I have made it easier for u now, she thought bleakly, made it easier for us, to hate rather than love for next 14 yrs of separation..

Would hatred be easier than loving???????????

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  1. loved it . I always thought that urmila suffered most . she was no less than sita in virtues .

    1. Arnasharma26

      Thank u so much…. N yeah, she suffered a lot.. According to me, she was the real heroine of Ramayana…

  2. wow arnasharma awesome !u outdid yourself in this ff!!!! love u !!!

    1. Arnasharma26

      Thanks a ton di… Love u too??
      Keep smiling
      Jai sia ram

  3. arey arna sharma you told that you will write ff on sita and ram but again you wrote on laxmila
    please write on ram and siya
    plz plz plz dear

    1. Arnasharma26

      Thanks a ton di… Love u too??
      Keep smiling
      Jai sia ram

    2. Arnasharma26

      Sorry Didi…. It’s just an OS…. Let me update my ff abandonment…. There is a bomb waiting for u…. Love u ??

  4. really awersome ,update soon

  5. SORRY,BY MISTAKE I HAVE ASKED TO UPDATE BUT I WANT TO ASK IF YOU HAVE TAKEN HINTS FROM SITA SISTER BY KAVITA KANE

  6. interesting tales of lakshman and urmila
    Lakshmana is part of the Mariyada Purshottamm, or The Perfect Man personified by Rama, by his unswerving loyalty, love and commitment to his elder brother through times of joy and adversity alike. He is an invincible warrior committed to virtue and the service of his brother. He never covets the throne of Ayodhya, nor hesitates from joining his brother in exile, even though he does not have to.
    He married Princess Urmila the younger daughter of King Seeradhwaj Janak of Mithila (ruler of Videha).She was very beautiful.
    She remained a faithful wife for 14 years. It is said that Lakshmana asked her not to shed tears when he left to the forest . She is also referred to as Urmila Devi.
    Lakshmana serves Rama and Sita reverently during the exile, building them a home in the forest and devotedly standing guard during the night, and accompanying them on tiring journeys and long passages of lonely forest life without complaint or care for himself.
    Lakshmana is revered for his absolute devotion to Rama. His performance of his duties as a younger brother is considered to be a sacrifice and superiority of character as such duties are especially hard to do in adverse conditions. Lakshmana’s life symbolizes the duties of a man to his elders and superiors, and how greatly valued is seflessness in a man’s character. While he is generally considered to be rather short-tempered when compared to Rama, Lakshmana is also considered an important element of Mariyada Purushottama, displaying great courage and presence of mind when Rama becomes distraught, angry and desperate over the loss of Sita ‘ in an uncharacteristic display of desperation, a furious and almost hopeless Rama, not knowing of Sita’s fate or whereabouts, is suddenly about to fire a weapon capable of bringing vast devastation of life; Lakshmana stops Rama, calms him down, explains to him that the world is not responsible for their separation from Sita, and consoles and encourages his righteous brother, while giving him support and strength to keep looking for her.
    When Sita’s jewels were given back by Sugriva to Rama, Rama lamented Sita’s absence, remembering the jewels she used to wear. Lakshamana then gave Sita’s toe-ring to Rama in order to aid his grief. What was implied is that he has never looked beyond the toe of Sita. As a great respect to the discipline followed by Lakshmana, the great Tamil poet Kamban made the statement on his character that “a great person never looks desiringly upon another’s wife.”
    Shurpanakha is one of the most important characters in the Ramayana. Indeed, Valmiki comes close to claiming that if there had been no Kaikeyi and no Surpanakha, then there would have been no Ramayana and no war with Ravana. In fact, Surpanakha was the arrow that set in motion the chain of events leading directly to the destruction of Ravana. Soorpanaka, therefore, like Kaikeyi before her, often gets the blame from Hindus as being the evil genius behind, and the sole cause of the Ramayana war.
    According to the Valmiki Ramayana,she met the exiled Rama, the young Prince of Ayodhya, and was immediately smitten by his youthful good looks. Rama, however, spurned her advances, telling her that he was devoted to his wife, Sita, and that he would never take another wife. Rama then slyly suggested that she approach his younger brother, Lakshmana, with her proposition. Lakshmana reacted in a similar manner, deriding Surpanakha and telling her that she was not what he desired in a wife. Realizing eventually that the brothers were making fun of her, the humiliated and jealous Surpanakha attacked Sita but was thwarted by Lakshmana, who cut off her nose and sent her back to Lanka. Indrajit was the son of the Lankan king Ravana.
    Fierce battle ensued, and unable to injure Lakshmana by normal means, Indrajit resorted to the use of the three Supreme Weapons (Brahmastra, Pashupatastra, and Vaishnavastra) on Lakshmana. To Indrajit’s great shock and dismay, each of the three weapons refused to even touch Lakshmana, with the Vaishnavastra circumambulating Lakshmana before disappearing. Realization dawned on Indrajit that Lakshmana was no ordinary human as he and his father had perceived. Indrajit vanished briefly from the battlefield, returning to Ravana at the royal palace, and reported the developments, proposing that his father make peace with Rama and protect the demon race from further decimation. Ravana, blinded with pride, was unrelenting and annoyed, and even suggested that Indrajit was a coward having fled the battlefield. This accusation provoked Indrajit who briefly lost his temper, striking fear even at the mighty Ravana’s heart before apologising and clarifying to his father that his primary duty as a son was to serve his father’s best interests, and that even in the face of death, he’d never abandon Ravana. Preparing to go back on the battle and knowing that he indeed faced death at the hands of a heavenly incarnation, Indrajit bade his last goodbyes to his parents and his wife. He returned to the battlefield and fiercely fought Lakshmana with all his skill at both warfare, and sorcery. Lakshmana was unstoppable, and slew Indrajit by beheading him with the Aindrastra (verses 71 and 72 chapter 90 Yudhkanda Valmiki Ramayana).
    The verse invoked by Lakshmana to slay Indrajit is considered by the devout as one of the moola mantras of the Ramayana: dharmaatmaa satyasandhashcha raamo daasharathiryadi | pauruShe chaapratidvandvastadenaM jahi raavaNim || 90-6-71
    “[O! my dear arrow!] If Rama, the son of Dasaratha, is ever firm on the staying the path of Dharma and Satya, and is second to none in his prowess, go forth and destroy this Indrajit.”
    :Princess Urmila and Prince Lakshman had two sons, Angad and Chandraketu who ruled Angdiya and Chandrakanta,two parts of Karupathdesh. Chandraketu was a master in wrestling and also called by title’Mall’.According to some folktales,they also have a daughter Somada.
    LAKSHMAN STUTI
    -BY TULSIDAS
    Dandak
    Laal laadile lakhan, hit haau janke |
    sumire sankathaaree, sakal sumangalkaaree,
    paalak kripaalu apne panke ||1||
    dharnee-dharanhaar bhanjan-bhuvanbhaar,
    avtaar saahsee sahasphanke ||
    satyasangh satyabrat, param dharamrat,
    nirmal karam bachan aru manke ||2||
    roopke nidhaan, dhanu-baan paani,
    toon kati, mahabeer bidit, jitaaiyaa bade ranke ||
    sevak-sukh-daayak, sabal, sab laayak,
    gaayak jaankeenaath gunganke ||3||
    bhaavte bharatke, sumitra-seetaake dulaare,
    chaatak chatur raam syaam ghanke ||
    ballabh urmilaake, sulabh snehbas,
    dhanee dhan tulseese nirdhanke ||4||
    O lovable darling Lakhan ji! You are a well-wisher of bhaktas.The instant one does your smarana or meditates upon you, you get rid of the dire misfortunes which befall us. You do all splendid actions for our well-being, keep your promise and are merciful towards the needy.||1||
    You are the one who lifts the earth, annihilates the burden of the world, are very brave and an incarnation of Shesh Naag (name of a thousand-headed snake, regarded as the symbol of eternity, on which Visnu sleeps throughout periods of dissolution of the world). You are true to your promise and religious vow, and extremely fond of righteousness. Having a lovingly tender mind, you keep your word and do your karmas (nobly perform your duties) ||2||
    Reservoirs of Beauty, Shri Ram & Lakshman with Bows & Arrows
    You are a reservoir of beauty, hold the bow and arrow in your hands with a quiver bound around your waist. You are a heroic warrior, renowned the world over ! And you inevitably triumph in several great battles. You grant joy to those who serve you, are very powerful, are gifted in every possible manner and ardently sing the glories of Lord Ram, the husband of Janaki (Sita)||3||
    You are loved by Bharat ji (your brother) and very dear to Sumitra (mother of Lakshman), and Sita ji.
    And being an alert chaatak (the pied cuckoo or papiha supposed to live only on rain-drops esp those falling in the autumn asterism of savan ) of the dark-hued cloud of Shri Ram, you are the husband of Urmila ji.
    Easily attainable by love, you are very magnanimous in granting the wealth of religious devotion for Lord Ram to a pauper like Tulsi.
    TALE-1
    SITA GARLANDING RAM;LAKSHMAN’S PRESENCE OF MIND
    Sita was Janaka’s foster daughter. He had another daughter by name Urmila. His brother Kushadwaja also had two daughters by name Mandavi and Srutakeerthi. With the consent of King Dasaratha, it was decided that the four brides would be given in marriage to the four brothers. Dasaratha was happy that all his four sons who were born on the same day were getting married on the same day and same time. The marriage function was celebrated in all grandeur.
    Sweet notes of auspicious music reverberated in the air. The Vedic priests chanted the sacred mantras full-throated and blessed the couples. King Dasaratha shed tears of joy. Everyone was filled with divine bliss watching the marriage proceedings.
    It is customary during the occasion that the bride and the bridegroom exchange garlands. Sita had to garland Rama first, before the other brides could garland their respective bridegrooms. Sita, being short in stature(THAT MEANS NOT AS TALL AS RAMA), could not garland Rama who was ajanubahu (tall personality). Unless Rama bent His head before Sita, she could not garland Him. But He did not want to bend His head lest people should blame Him for not maintaining the honour of His lineage. Unable to garland Rama, Sita was holding the garland in her hand for a long time.
    There is another secret in this act of Rama. Lakshmana was the incarnation of Adisesha, who carried the mother earth on his hood. Rama looked at Lakshmana as if to say, “Look, why don’t you raise that part of the earth where Sita is standing to enable her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.
    her to garland Me?” Then Lakshmana indicated to Rama that it was not possible to raise any particular area. If he tried to raise that part of the earth where Sita was standing, simultaneously Rama would be raised and so also others.
    Lakshmana, being endowed with intelligence, thought of a plan to solve the problem. All of a sudden, he fell at the feet of Rama and did not get up for a long time. Rama had to bend to lift Lakshmana up. Sita seized the opportunity and lost no time in garlanding Rama. Then the other three brides garlanded their respective grooms. The four brothers and their brides shone like brilliant gemstones. The onlookers shed tears of joy watching the grand spectacle.

  7. One cute aspect of lakshmana its from uttar ramayana by bhaavbhuti
    Its the scene where sitamaa lord rama and lakshmana were sitting and sitama was showing him the wedding picture and she playfully lakshmana asked to recognize the brides as all the four brides were covered in the veil…lakshman points out the protraits and said “this is my noble lady sita this is noble lady mandavi this is shutakriti” he passes over the pics of urmila sita however notices the omission and similing asked “brother who is this one”?? lakshmana lower his eyelids and blushed and says to himself with a bashful smile “its my urmila”?????
    There is a legend behind Lord Jagannath’s Mahaprasad. In Tretaya Yuga after beheading Ravana, the ten-faced monster in Srilanka, Lord Ramachandra, Laxman and others had returned to Ayodha. It was Urmila, the consort of Lord Laxman who was silently listening to the great happenings. All were unanimous that Laxmana was instrumental in killing Indrajit. All were discussing that Indrajit was so powerful and got boon that only that person who has not taken food for fourteen years constantly and who has not slept for fourteen years uninterruptedly can kill Indrajit. There was a meeting inside the palace in the evening time to know the truth behind this matter. Lord Rama questioned to Laxman that, Oh Laxman you have not taken food for continuous fourteen years, and what happened
    to those food packets, which I had given you at Panchabati during our stay ? Laxman patiently replied, Oh Lord, I have kept all those food packets in hole of Sami Tree at Panchabati. In order to ascertain the authenticity Lord Rama said, Oh Hanuman you go to Panchabati and bring back those food packets, which have been preserved in the hole of ‘Sami Tree’. Lord Hanuman developed enigma on this matter. He thought, Lord is aware of my strength. He knows that I had brought the Gandhamardana mountain in one hand, when Laxman was unconscious by the arrow of Indrajit. He became hesitant to bring those food packets, but at last he performed journey from Ayodhya to Sami Tree at Panchabati. Hanuman saw that those food packets have been kept intact but when
    he attempted to lift those food packets he could not lift and at last returned to Ayodhya and with humble words told his master, that he could not lift those food packets. Lord Rama could know that due to Hanumana’s ego that he could not lift those food packets. At last Laxman said I will fetch those food packets from Panchabati. Laxman with his powerful arrow could bring back those food packets and all were accumulated in front of Lord Rama. Lord Rama was surprised and asked Hanuman to ascertain that whether the food items supplied to Laxmana for fourteen years have been kept intact or not ? Hanuman counted and informed that seven packets were not available. Lord Rama was eager to know from Laxman about those missing packets. Laxman most humbly repliedlet me tell the mistery behind it.
    Laxman said that when you and I had listened the news of death of our dearest father, Dasaratha in the forest you had not supplied me, the food on that very day. When we got the news that Ravana has kidnapped Sita from Panchabati on that day you did not supply the food packet. Then it was on third occasion when Mahi Ravana took both of us to Patala to offer sacrifice before Lankeswari on that day also we were in fast and took no food. On fourth occasion, when I became unconscious, due to arrow hitting of Indrajit I was not in a state to take food. On the day when Indrajit was beheaded I had not taken food for fifth time. It was on the sixth occasion that when you beheaded Ravana you did not take any food. You had committed Brahmahatya as Ravana was a Brahmin and he was the son of Bisrarba Rishi. Lastly, when there was national mourning due to death of Ravana in Sri Lanka on the next day we joined the mourning and left Lanka
    without taking any food.
    Lord Rama was overwhelmed with the supreme sacrifice and dedication by Laxman. Then he praised the supreme sacrifice of Urmila, that how she spent fourteen years without Laxman. Lord Rama told – ‘I had gone to fourteen years exile with my wife Sita. See such a wife who had made supreme sacrifice. She had eagerly waited the return of Laxman for fourteen years. All praise goes to Urmila. In Ayodhya we have got three thrones, one for me, one for Sita and another throne for Laxman. So the fourth throne will be installed for Urmila’. Urmila told Lord Rama, that ‘I have no desire for any throne. I may be given the opportunity to serve you.’ Then Rama was pleased and told Urmila, to seek for the boon as she wants. Then humble Urmila said that if you want to grant me any boon, then please grant that in the ages to come there will be neither any temple for me, nor I will be worshipped on any throne. I want to become an incense stick
    by which I will give fragrance to you all. I will be at your lotus feet for ages to come. Lord Rama was so pleased and told ‘I grant you this boon that in the Kali Yuga when I will be worshipped at Puri Temple, Goddess Laxmi will not be installed by my side. Laxman in Treteya Yuga has become my younger brother and in Kali Yuga he will be my elder brother Balabhadra. You will be Mahaprasad and by your fragrance you will spread the flavour and will be worshipped. Any Prasad which will be offered to me will be offered to Goddess Vimala and then it will be Mahaprasad and will be taken as Prasad by devotees. You will remain as Mahaprasad for years to come. Devotees will worship you, so Tretaya’s Urmila is the Goddess Vimala in Kali Yuga.TALE-4
    From – Narasimhapriyaa(Vaishnava Mthly Magazine)PARVATHI, assuming the form of a parrot, intending to test the determination
    of LAKSHMANA, questions him ; and LAKSHMANA, who was the master of his senses was happy to reply to her queries.

    Parvathi:When a women full of fire and a man like a pot of ghee co – exist, whose mind not waver?

    Lakshman:The mind of a man born of noble parentage, will forever be steadfast without any wavering.

    Parvathi:Flowers, fruits and young women are beautiful. Whose mind not waver on seeing all the three together?

    Lakshman:For one who has conquered his senses, and who regards other’s wives as his own mother, even though he may be moving everywhere, his mind will not waver.

    Parvathi:Whose mind will not waver when he sees the gentle – smiling woman bedecked with all ornaments, whose face resembles the lotus and who radiates the fragrance of a lotus?

    Lakshman:One who is happy to serve at the lotus – feet of Mother Goddess and who always controles his mind, his mind will never waver.
    Parvathi:Whose mind will not waver on seeing a beautiful lady with a slim waist and one whose husband is away and stays alone in the hermitage.

    Lakshman:A pious minded person, who knows his brother’s wife, the good natured daughter of King JANAKA as the Consort of Lord VISHNU, his mind will not waver.
    Parvathi:KAUSIKA the great sage, who was the very embodiment of penance and determination, yielded on seeing the heavenly MENAKA, giving up his hard -earned penance . How does not your mind waver ?

    Lakshman:Leaving my Wife, I have come to the forest with the sole purpose of serving my brother. So my mind does not waver.

    Parvathi:How is it that your great mind is so steadfast, when there may be a momentary wavering when one often sees one’s sister, mother or daughter alone?

    Lakshman:I am seeing only the anklets and not seeing the armlets and other ornaments of SITA and am always meditating on Lord RAMA. Who can perturb my mind?
    Lakshman continues:Just as a devotee who worship SIVA along with his Conort GAURI everday, can harbour no evil thoughts, so too, I am steadfast.

    Lakshman:(praises RAMA)One who has the mark of the Conch on his left arm and the mark of the Discus on his right arm and one who wears the urdhava pundra marks on his forehead, for him there is no wavering.

    Lakshman continues:One who is mind is filled by thoughts of the holy CAUVERY , SETU and GANGES by the good teacing of the acharya -s and whose mind constantly remembers the Lord of SRI, for a such a person there is no wavering.

    Lakshman:One whose mind shines with the ASHTAKSHARA and DVAYA MANTRA along with CHARAMA SLOKA, for him there is no wavering.

    Parvati Says :
    I bow down to you, who have conquered your senses. I wanted to test you,having heard the story about your determination .

    PhalasrutiOne who reads or listens to this dialogue between PARVATI and LAKSHMANA,will have all his desires fulfilled by the grace of Lord RAGHAVA.
    ” A blessed soul who conquers his senses alone will shine in splendour “.
    Ek anokha adhaya on lakhanji…
    Its the test of lakhanji taken from the folk tales…The story is something like this… once narad ji tested lakshmanji’s devotion and dedication towards his brother..it happened during the exile period wen ram and lakshman were living peacefully in suburbs of chitrakoot and lord Vishnu was praising the selfless service of lakshmanji”’ Naradji grew curios and decided to test it he went in the forest where a yaksha was residing in form of a holy lion’.he was the owner of the forest.naradji asked the holy lion (yajna ) to refuse lakshman to give water’. here…ram was thirsty and he asked lakshman to fetch some water for him lakshman went near the pond and was about to drew some water but immediately the holy lion came there and refused to give water to him and said “u cant kill me as right now im in the territory of ur brother so I m in raam sharan.”…lakshman replied yes i know and my brother had ordered me not to kill any animals but i need the water and tell me what do u want in return the lion said “I m hungry for a long time bring a animal for me”…lakshman replied “i cant as right now other animals are too in raam sharan i cant do any harm to them” lion said “in such case I cant help u”..
    to this lakshman replied “.but right now i need the water from this lake and if its condition in exchange of water… i offer myself to u ””give me the water and u can eat me…the lion consented and give the water lakshman took the water in the cottage and said to his brother that i m sorry i cant serve u any longer plz take care of urself and my sister in law” ram asked the reason behind then lakshman said i have an agreement with the lion in exchange of water i have offfered myself ram understood and gave him some instructions
    lakshman went to the lion and said here i m here’u can fullfill your wish…the lion came near and sniffed him then left without harming him naradji who was watching the whole incident was utterly suprised he asked the lion y did u spared lakshman lion replied i m king of the forest not a vulture u know i dont feed on dead person…lakshman wasnt breathing he was dead how can i eat him and he went away naradji then looked at lakshmanji who was smiling there…naradji was confused he asked lakshman u r alive then y did lion said u were dead’..lakshman said my brother had ordered me that not to recite his name wen I m present before lion he said not to remember him at this point’..and wen ram isnt there in my heart my mind I m dead like ”.naradji was surprised lakshman smiled and said lord if u r satisfied with ur test can I go and serve my brother…

    And the lake is known as lakshman kund its situated in MP (the folktale is popular there)…
    TALE-6
    (WWW.SWAMINARAYAN.ORG)
    Lakshman’s superhuman control over his senses. Such a person is known as jati. This facet of Lakshman’s personality was revealed after Ravan abducted Sita. While Ravan was flying to Lanka, Sita dropped her gold ornaments to leave a trail. When Bhagwan Shri Ram and Lakshman came across an earring, a bangle and an anklet, Ram questioned Lakshman whether he could recognize any of them as belonging to Sitaji. Lakshman replied:
    “Naham janami kundale naham janami kankane,
    Noopure chaiva janami nitayam padabhivandanat.”
    “I do not know the earring nor the bangle. But I recognize the anklet for I bowed at Sitaji’s feet everyday.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Kishkindha Kand 6-22)
    Such incredible control of the senses (indriya saiyam) stunned Shri Ram. Incredible because the three of them, Ram, Sita and Lakshman had roamed the forests in exile for fourteen years and yet the latter only had the darshan of Sitaji’s feet. Hence Lakshman is one of the foremost jatis in the Hindu Sanatan Dharma.Jati, with two synonyms, Yati and Brahmachari, comprise two types: the married, like Lakshman and Shri Krishna, and the Bal Brahmacharis.
    Married Jatis
    To those unfamiliar with the Hindu Dharma, the concept of brahmacharya for the married may sound paradoxical. However, the Hindu scriptures assert that a married man who controls his senses and remains loyal to his wife is deemed a brahmachari –
    ek nari sada brahmachari.
    The devout poet Tulsidas, author of the Ramacharitmanas, has extolled this moral principle in verse:
    “Pardhan patthar janiye parstri mat saman,
    Itnese Hari na mile to Tulsidas jaman.”
    “Regard wealth other than your own as stone and a woman other than your wife as a mother. If then you do not attain God, Tulsidas will become your surety (to attain God).”
    This lofty tradition has been upheld sincerely over the ages in India both by Maharajas and the citizens.

    One day when Rama with his followers was living in Irpu, his younger brother Lakshmana, in a fit of madness, insulted him by returning the bow and arrows which he had received from Rama. But soon repenting of his rashness, Lakshmana asked forgiveness, offering at the same time to throw himself into a large fire as an atonement for his crime. He accordingly shot an arrow against the foot of the rocks at Irpu, when a large fire flared up, into which he threw himself. In order to save his brother, Rama immediately created a river, which up to the present day is called Lakshmanatirtha, but it was too late. Rama afterwards desired to consecrate the spot, and ordered Hanuman to bring a linga from Kashi (Varanasi) within one hour and a half. During his absence, Rama, fearing that Hanuman would not be back in time, made a linga himself of river-sand, in which operation he was surprised by Hanuman, who flew into a rage for having troubled himself in vain. He twisted his enormous tail round one of the neighbouring hills, Hanuman betta, and attempted to upset it. Rama, to comfort the furious Hanuman, assured him that Hanuman’s linga should become even as more famous than his own. So the new linga was set up at Herumalu, and the festive day of its worship precedes that of the linga at Irpu.Thus the river is called as lakshmanathirtha.
    1. Lakshman Temple -Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
    Situated at the banks of Sarayu River in Ayodhya.
    It is just 6 km from Faizabad, Ayodhya is a popular pilgrim centre.
    On the west of Swarg Dwar (place where according to mythology, Lord Rama is said to have been cremated) is located Laxman Ghat also known as Sahastradhara.
    Lakshmana Ghat, on the banks of the Sarayu river, this is where Rama”s brother Lakshman is said to have voluntarily given up his life-an act called samadhi. Another version says that he gave up living after he broke a vow.The temple of Shri Laxmanji who is the Avtar of Shesh Naag is situated here where the Idol of Shri Laxman is established. This place also provide residence for the pilgrims who visit Ayodhya during various Festivals and Melas and is known as Lakshman Kila. Pilgrims visit this temple for blessings on every Naag Panchmi after taking bath in the river.2. Lakshman Temple -Rishikesh,Uttarakhand
    It is believed that Lakshman sat for the penance and performed Tapa at the site of this temple. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman made a twing bridge near this temple on their way to Himalayas where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana (a Brahmin). They also took holy dip into the Rishi Kund located closeby to clean all their sins
    The main attraction in this temple is the Rishi Kund, where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana. Apart from this, the temple is visited by various tourists for famous scenes that are engraved on the walls of the temple. These painting comprise of scenes that depict the otherworldly and spiritual life.

    Lakshman Jhula
    Lakshman Jhula or Laxman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand . It is made over river Ganges to cross the river and is a landmark of Rishikesh. A similar bridge near Lakshman Jhula is Ram Jhula
    It is said that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939. There are spectacular views from the bridge.Laxman Temple situated at Sirpur in Mahasamund district has one of the finest brick temples in India, this is characterized by exquisite carvings and precise construction. Shesh naag serves as an umbrella to Load Shiva on the top of the entrance, while incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Krishna leela ornamental symbols, and erotic carvings adorn the sides. The religious segments of a temple – Vatayan, Chitya Gawaksha, Bharwahakgana, Aja, Kirtimukh and Karna Amalak – are engraved in the pillars of this Panchrath type temple. The inside has the Mandap (shelter), Antraal (passage) and Garbha Grih (the main house). The Archaeological Survey of India has established a museum in the temple premises, which houses a collection of rare statues and other relics significant to the Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain faiths.
    Celebrated in ballads and the scriptures for its natural beauty and closely associated with the epic Ramayan, Chitrakoot or “the hill of many wonders” is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita spent their 14 years of exile and where the Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya meditated. The holy town is set in sylvan surroundings on the banks of the River Mandakini, also known as the Payaswaini river. The riverside is lined with ghats and the town dotted with temples dedicated to several deities of the Hindu pantheon.
    Lakshman Pahadi – Lakshman Pahadi is a hill where younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman used to stay during the exile days. He used to guard both Lord Rama and Sita from the hill. A small hillock, parallel to and to the east of the Kamadgiri, about half- way in the Parikrama, is known as Lakshman Pahadi. Lakshman used to guard Sri Ram and Sita ji from here, while they rested on the Kamadgiri. There is a Lakshman Temple here and also a Lakshman-Stambh. The visiting pilgrims embrace this pillar with the same reverence as if they were embracing Lakshman Ji himself. There is a flight of steps from the Parikrama Marg leading to this hillock.
    LAKSHMAN-CHOWKI
    About 100 Mt. away from the Ram-Shaiyya rock, and overlooking it there is another rock which is known as Lakshman-Chowki. It is believed that Lakshman used to be on guard here to protect Sri Ram and Sita Ji. This beautiful rock bears a mark resembling the head side of a bed. It also has imprints which are believed to have been made by Lakshman sitting down with his bow by the side. The Ram-Shaiyya rock is clearly visible from here.GUPTA-GODAWARI. Gupt-Godavari is situated at a distance of 18 km from Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh. Here is a pair of caves, one high and wide with an entrance through which one can barely pass, and the other long and narrow with stream of water running along its base. It is believed that Rama and Lakshmana held court in latter cave, which has two natural throne-like rocks.one more important aspect related to lakshmana ji is tht lakshmanji use to guard sita maa wen sitamaa use to do daily chores or bath in janki kund …once sitamaa was bathing in janki kund a demon named mayank saw sitama and was enchanted by her beauty he advanced towards her and stealed her clothes some say tht the demon use to perform the black magic by stealing clothes and cast magic on it lakhshmana saw him and grew angry and he ran after him mayank demon ran and hide in the natural cave of gupt gudavari( its cave in which a stream flows )lord lakshmana went behind him and shot an arrow the arrow hit the demon and he flew with force and hung in the cieling of gupt godavari…at present a gigantic rock tht hungs from the cieling still could be seen and is considered as the mortals remains of the demon…there is a belief tht lord lakshmana would punish all tthose who keep bad eye on women… …also in this cave lord rama and lord lakshmana held the court
    5) Shri Laxman ji Temple – Dheerpur , Rajasthan
    Another name of Dheerpur is Lathawar. Lord Krishna at Dheerpur taught people how to play Lathi.
    Lord Laxman was Shesh in Satyug, Laxman in Treta Yug, Balarama during Dwapar Yug . Ram in Baalroop (child) as well as Laxman and Urmila ji present within temple. All over the world it is said this is the only temple having Ram, Laxman, Urmila deity within one frame. The temple is approx. 400 years old and is also known as Usha temple. If you visit early morning you can see early morning sunlight reaching towards the face of deity to offer prayers as said and believed and then after touching feet of deities continues towards city life. 6) Lakshman Temple – Chanderi,Madhya Pradesh
    The legend of the Laxman Temple is that once there was a group of devotees who reached the pond and stayed overnight there to rest. They were carrying an idol of Lord Laxman which they placed under a peepal tree. In the morning the devotees tried to pick up the idol but it would not budge. They then believed that the reason for this was that Lord Laxman wanted to stay at that spot, and so they performed the rituals to erect a temple there.The Lakshman Temple is situated on the banks of Hemkund Lake near the famous Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib. It is believed that this temple has been constructed on the site where Lord Ram’s younger brother, Lakshman, performed penance. The Lakshman Temple in Lokpal is located on the bank of the Hemkund Lake in Uttarakhand and the temple is also known by the name of Lokpal Temple among Hindus. It is believed that Lakshman, meditated in this region after the battle with Ravan’s son Meghnad to regain his power.This temple is located at an elevation of 4329 metres and is surrounded by seven snow clad mountain peaks whose water drips into this lake. The river Lakshman Ganga is believed to originate from here. Lakshman Ganga or Bhyundar Ganga is a Minor River that flows through the Bhuyandar Valley, from Hemkund Lake. It merges with Pushpawati River in Ghangaria. It then forms a tributary to Alaknanda in Gobindghat.

    8) Lakshman Temple -Tapovan, Nashik
    Tapovan is a province which was blessed by the touch of Lord Rama’s feet during His exile. It was later used by the monks and sages for their spiritual advancement and welfare of the public in general. Tapovan literally means jungle for meditation and penance. 9) Lakshman Temple-Sitabari, Rajasthan
    This holy Temple is situated on Shivpuri-Gwalior National Highway – 76 at a distance of 45 Km from Baran City in Kelwara town, District Baran, Rajasthan.
    It is said lakshmanji left sitaji when Ramji banished her.In the premise there is lakshman temple and a kund named after him. As the legend goes, Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, was left by Lakshman here to serve the period of her banishment. He also shot an arrow from where a stream of clear water sprouted for Sita. The stream still exists and is called ‘Lakshman Babhuka’. It is believed that clean and fresh waters of these sacred ‘kunds’ (tanks) have curative powers. The devotees take a holy dip in them to purify their body and soul before paying homages to the deities.Also, it is believed that Mata Sita had lived at this place in the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki after being left-out by Lord Rama. It is also known as the birth place of her two sons named Luv and Kush. The hut of Mata Sita known as ‘Sita-Kuti’ is situated in the forest area near the Temple.
    The place has several Kunds (the holy tanks) known as Valmiki Kund, Sita Kund, Laxman Kund, Surya Kund, Bharat Kund and Luv-Kush Kund. The water of these Kunds is believed to possess curative properties. The Laxman Kund is the biggest one having an idol of Laxman near it. One of its gates is known as ‘Laxman Darwaza’ where an idol of Lord Hanuman Ji is installed. A wooden platform known as ‘Laxman-Ka-Takhat’ is also placed here.10) Lakshman Tirtham at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
    Lakshmana Tirtham has been constructed in memory of Lord Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. In order to offer sacred prayers to lord Lakshmana, temple has been constructed in Rameshwaram itself which indicates that Lord Lakshman had been given a valuable place in the dynasty of Lord Rama. Several wonderful sculptures of Lord Lakshmana have been carved out from marble and the temple has the statues of lord Rama and Goddess Sita too, as they are never supposed to be separated as they stayed united all their lives. This shows the trustworthiness of Lakshman towards his family and especially his elder brother Rama and Goddess Sita.
    10) Lakshman Tirtham at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
    Lakshmana Tirtham has been constructed in memory of Lord Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. In order to offer sacred prayers to lord Lakshmana, temple has been constructed in Rameshwaram itself which indicates that Lord Lakshman had been given a valuable place in the dynasty of Lord Rama. Several wonderful sculptures of Lord Lakshmana have been carved out from marble and the temple has the statues of lord Rama and Goddess Sita too, as they are never supposed to be separated as they stayed united all their lives. This shows the trustworthiness of Lakshman towards his family and especially his elder brother Rama and Goddess Sita.
    10) Lakshman Tirtham at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
    Lakshmana Tirtham has been constructed in memory of Lord Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. In order to offer sacred prayers to lord Lakshmana, temple has been constructed in Rameshwaram itself which indicates that Lord Lakshman had been given a valuable place in the dynasty of Lord Rama. Several wonderful sculptures of Lord Lakshmana have been carved out from marble and the temple has the statues of lord Rama and Goddess Sita too, as they are never supposed to be separated as they stayed united all their lives. This shows the trustworthiness of Lakshman towards his family and especially his elder brother Rama and Goddess Sita.

  8. 11) Lakshman Temple – Moozhikulam, Kerala
    Moozhikulam Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple which is believed to be 5000 yrs old is like an Oasis in a desert, satiating the spiritual hunger of devotees. The Main Idol of Worship is Lord Lakshmana. It was known from ancient letters that the rule for Temple Administration was made here.
    Main entrance to the Sanctum Sanctorum of ‘Moozhikulam Temple’, a shrine dedicated to Lord Lakshmana, second brother of Lord Rama. In front of the entrance is the ‘Balikallu’ – artistically carved big sacrificial stone (‘Bali’ = Sacrifice and ‘Kallu’ = Stone). This ageless temple near Angamaly, in Ernakulam District completes the holy quartet of ‘Nalambalam’ (four temples) in Kerala.
    The imposing ‘Chuttumbalam’ (building surrounding the Sanctum Sanctorum) of Lord Lakshmana Temple at Moozhikulam. The wooden panels that cover the walls are place-holders for temple lamps, providing stunning illumination on festive occasions. Situated in Kerala’s Ernakulam District, this is one of the oldest shrines in the State.A view of the ‘Moozhikulam Temple’ in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. The top of circular-roofed Sanctum Sanctorum (or, ‘Sreekovil’) can also be seen. It is believed that worshiping of Lord Lakshmana wards off fear and bite of serpent.Corridor to ‘Sanctum Sanctorum’…
    Wooden-framed corridor leading to the Sanctum Sanctorum of Lord Lakshmana at Moozhikulam, Kerala. This grand-old temple is one among the four temples (Nalambalam) to be visited in the month of ‘Karkkidakam’ – the last month of Malayalam Era. It is regarded that worship at all four temples on the same day is highly beneficial.Temple wood-crafts
    Brilliant wood-crafts depicting mythical animals (Attendants of Gods), at the roof of ‘Moozhikulam Temple’ – a very ancient temple of Lord Lakshmana (brother of Lord Rama) located near Angamaly, that forms Kerala’s celebrated ‘Nalambalam’ (four temples) group.
    Lakshman Stuti
    Shri Lakshman
    lakshmanaanant bhagvant bhoodhar, bhujag-
    raaj, bhuvnesh, bhoobhaarhaaree |
    pralay-paavak-mahaajvaalmaalaa-vaman,
    shaman-santaap leelaavtaaree ||1||
    jayati daashrathi, samar-samrath, sumitraa-
    suvan, shatrusoodan, raam-bharat-bandho |
    chaaru-champak-varan, vasan-bhooshan-dharan,
    divyatar, bhavya, laavanya-sindho ||2||
    jayati gaadhey-gautam-janak-sukh-janak,
    vishva-kantak-kutil-koti-hanta |
    vachan-chay-chaaturee-parshudhar-garbahar,
    sarvadaa raambhadraanugantaa ||3||
    jayati seetesh-sevaasaras, vishyaras-
    niras, nirupaadhi dhurdharmdhaaree |
    vipulbalmool shaardoolvikram jalad-
    naad-mardan, mahaaveer bharee ||4||
    jayati sangraam-saagar-bhayankar-taran,
    raamhit-karann barbaahu-setoo |
    urmila-ravan, kalyaann-mangal-bhavan,
    daastulsee-dosh-davan-hetoo ||5||
    Glory be to Shri Lakshman ji who is eternal, is endowed with six kinds of superhuman qualities, is an incarnation of Sheshnaag, the thousand-headed snake carrying the earth; is Lord of the entire world, relieves the burden of this mundane earth, spits out terrifying flames at the time of pralaya (dissolution of the world at the end of a kalpa), alleviates the world’s suffering and incarnates as an avatara due to his own lila or divine play ||1||Glory be to Shri Lakshman who is the son of Dashratha (ruler of Kosala ).The one who is suprlemely powerful in battle, is the son of Sumitra, is the destroyer of enemies and the lovable brother of Shri Ram and Bharat.
    The colour of whose beautful skin is like the campaka flower (a fragrant and yellowish-white flower), the one who is adorned with majestically divine clothes and ornaments, and is a vast ocean of beauty ||2||
    Glory be to Shri Lakshman who evokes joy in *Vishwamitra, Gautama, and Janaka, kills devious demons who are like crores of prickly thorns for this mundane world, gets rid of Parshuram ji’s arrogance by merely a lot of cleverly intelligent talk and is forever walking behind Lord Ram ||3||
    Glory be to Shri Lakshman, dedicatedly devoted in attending to the needs of Lord Ram who is the husband of Sita. He is detached from worldly pleasure and wears the religious yoke of serving Lord Ram without harbouring any deceitful intentions.Glory be to Shri Lakshman, dedicatedly devoted in attending to the needs of Lord Ram who is the husband of Sita. He is detached from worldly pleasure and wears the religious yoke of serving Lord Ram without harbouring any deceitful intentions.
    Lakshmana is the primary reservoir of infinite power and bold like a lion. He is the extremely brave hero who crushed *Meghnath ||4||
    Glory be to such a Laxman ji who effortlessly crosses over the terrifying ocean of battle, the one who makes a bridge of his handsome arms for the benefit of Lord Ram, is the husband of Urmila ji, is a repository of welfare and auspiciousness and the primary reason for expiating the sins of Tulsidas ji.
    *Vishwamitra: is the preceptor of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and his brother Lakshmana in the Indian epic Ramayan.He gives them the knowledge of the Devastras, trains them in advanced religion and guides them to kill powerful demons like Tataka, Maricha and Subahu. He also leads them to the svayamvara ceremony for princess Sita, who becomes the wife of Rama)
    *Vishwamitra: is the preceptor of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and his brother Lakshmana in the Indian epic Ramayan.He gives them the knowledge of the Devastras, trains them in advanced religion and guides them to kill powerful demons like Tataka, Maricha and Subahu. He also leads them to the svayamvara ceremony for princess Sita, who becomes the wife of Rama)
    *Gautam: a sage who turned his wife Ahilya to stone when she yielded to the desire of Indra.Thereafter the sage turned to his erring wife and said, ” After a long time, Dasaratha’s son will pass this way. When he sets foot in this ashram, you will be freed from the curse.”

    *Lakshman: marries Urmila, the daughter of King Janaka of Mithila and younger sister of Sita.
    *Parshuram: In the Ramayana, Parashurama came to the betrothal ceremony of the seventh Avatara, Rama, to the princess Sita. As a test of worthiness the suitors were required to lift and string the bow of Shiva, given to King Janaka by Parashurama. Rama successfully strung the bow, but in the process it broke in two. So when Parshuram turned to confront Rama, the destroyer of Shiva’s bow, he could not pick up his axe as he was pacified by the brilliance of Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu avatara, and since he had blessed Sita he could not harm her husband who was a part of his own (Shri Vishnu).

    *Meghnath: a warrior who was the son of the Lankan king Ravana in the Indian epic Ramayana. He was said to be invincible because of ayajna or sacrificehe used to perform before every battle. He twice defeated Lakshmana, but the third time Lakshmana disrupted the yajnawith the help of Vibhishana and killed him.

  9. Mother Seetha is well known to us that she is Divine Lakhshmi’s incarnation married to Avatar Purusha Sri Ramachandra Moorthy. Let us recollect the names of the other sisters of Mother Seetha who were married to Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughn.
    When the Milk Ocean (Ksheera Saagar) was churned by the Asuras and Devas many divinely things like Kaamadhenu, Karpakaviruksha, Mother Lakshmi, Aalakala and Amrith came out. Mother Lakshmi had in her hands two flowers and a conch. These were born along with Mother LAKSHMI during Thretha Yuga as SITA, URMILA, MANDAVI and SHRUTAKIRTI as Rajarishi King Janaka’s daughters(there are many prospectives). Lakshman married Urmila, Bharat married Mandavi and Shatrughn married Shrutakirti. Most of us know about Sri.Ram and Seetha’s part in Ramayanam but how many of us know about Urmila? In fact Seetha has learned a lot from Urmila regarding conduct of married women and the other virathams (fasting) one should adopt to protect their husbands and family. These learning’s from her sister Urmila helped Sita during her days at lanka to tide over her difficulties.We have read that Sri Rama completed his Rama Avatar by going into the river Sarayu along with his brothers Bharatha and Satrugna. This was of course after Mother Seetha went into earth, handing over Kucha and Lava to Rama and Sri Rama named them the rulers. How many of us are aware of what happened to Lakshamana? Sri.Vaathyar has answers for this from Irudigal Ramayana. Let’s get some answers.
    Urmila the great soul could foresee things due to her pathivritha virtue and penance and other regular charities, poojas and japas. One day Urmila by her divine powers conveyed Lakshmana that he is going to be cursed by his own brother, SriRam and he should be prepared to face this situation. This she said even before Rama went to forest for 14 years. But years rolled by and Sri.Rama killed Ravana and was back to the kingdom Ayodhya and the Pattaabhishekam or Rama was made the king of Ayodhya. Until now the curse that Urmila cautioned Lakshmana never happened.
    Once Rama wanted to be left alone for a while and requested Lakshmana to guard his room and not to allow anyone to see him at any cost. None other than the great sage Dhurvasa came at that time to see Sri Rama. This sage is very famous for his anger and curses as we all know. But he is also the soul who was instrumental in the birth of pancha Pandavas as he granted a boon to Kunty Devi. She was given the boon by this sage pleased by her guru seva during her younger years. By uttering the chants taught by Dhurvasa she gave birth to Karna through Surya Dev. This sage has seen Thretha Yuga when Rama ruled and Dwapara Yuga during Mahabharata.
    Once during his visit to Pancha Paandava in the forest he was accompanied by his disciples or the sishya. He is also famous for his count of disciples; they were about 10 thousands of them now with him. On the way they had to cross a small river. One of the disciples told that “Guru your dhothy should not get wet while crossing this river” and so saying wanted to serve his Guru. Pleased by his Bhakthi Sage Durvasa immediately blessed this disciple to become a Ghandarva. One of the other disciples made a small fan, made out of palm leaves and started to fan the Guru. When Durvasa saw that the fan was made out of Palm leaves he said “these leaves are created for writing the script over it and you have misused it”, so saying he cursed him to become a white Pig. Such is the anger level of Durvasa Maharishi.Lakshmana who was aware of Sage Durvasa prostrated before him. He humbly told Durvasa that Rama wanted to be alone now and none is allowed to meet him at the time. Dhurvasa immediately got angry and said he would curse Lakshmana if he stopped him from meeting Sri.Raama. Lakshmana then allowed him to meet Sri Rama. Well after the meeting Rama asked Lakshmana why he allowed Durvasa which was against his instructions to him. To this Lakshmana replied if he had stopped Durvasa the sage would have cursed him and allowing him would endup getting cursed by his brother. He preferred getting cursed by his brother better. He requested Rama to curse him and Rama cursed him to become a tree. Urmila worshipped this tree and applied Kumkum and sandal paste on this tree and poured milk through a hole in the tree.

    So the truth is that Lakshmana had lots of patience and was not a short-tempered person as we believe. It’s only after this Rama felt sorry and goes into the Sarayu with others and disappears(not from valmiki ramayan but another version)
    LAKSHMAN KAVACHAM
    Lakshmana Kavacham
    Translated by P.R.Ramachander
    (Lakshmana the younger brother of Lord Rama is considered as incarnation of Adhi Sesha. There is a temple dedicated o him in Moozhikulam Kerala. There is also a temple for him in Khajuraho, Orissa . This rare prayer addressed to him is taken from a Malayalam book, “49 Kavachangal” published by Vidhyarambham press..)
    Agasthya Uvacha:-
    Soumithrim raghu nayakasya charana dwandwekshanam, shyamalam
    Bhibrantham swakarena rama sirasi chathram vichithrambaram.
    Bhibrantham Raghunayakasya sumahath kodhanda banasane,
    Tham Vandekamalekshanam janakaja vakhye sada thathparam.Sage Agasthya told:-
    My salutations to the lotus eyed one,
    Who is the son of queen Sumithra,
    Who always sees the pair of feet,
    Of the Lord of the Raghu clan and is black,
    Who with his own hands holds ,
    The umbrella over Rama’s head and wears pretty cloths,
    Who carries the great Kodanda bow ,
    Of the leader of Raghu clan in his hand,
    And who is always interested in ,
    The words of Rama who is like his father.
    Asya Sri Lakshmana Kavacha manthrasya , agasthya rishi, anushtup chanda, Sri Lakshmana devatha, sesha ithi bheejam , Sumithra nandana ithi Shakthi, Ramanuja ithi keelakam, Rama dasa ithyasthram, , Raghu vamsatha ithi kavacham Soumithrir ithi mantra, Sri Lakshmana preethyartham , sakala mano abhilashitha sidhyartham jape viniyoga.
    For the arm our of Lakshmana, the sage is Agasthya, the meter is anushtup, The god addressed is Lakshmana, The seed is Adhi Sesha, the power is the son of Sumithra , the nail is the brother of Rama, the arrow is the servant of Rama , The one who belongs to Raghu’s clan is the armour , the chant is son of Sumithra and this is being chanted to please Lakshmana as well as to attain all the desires of the mind.
    Adha Kara Nyasa:-
    Now the rituals with hand:-
    Om Lakshmanaya Angushtabhyam nama
    Om Seshaya Tharjaneebhyam nama
    Om Sumithra nandanaya madhyamabhyam nama
    Om Ramanujaya anamikabhyam nama
    Om Rama dasaya kanishtikabhyam nama
    Om Raghu vamsajaya kara thala kara prushtabhyam nama
    Om salutations to Lakshmana touch with the thumb
    Om Salutations to Adhi Sesha , touch with the second finger
    Om salutations to son of Sumithra touch with the middle finger
    Om salutations to brother of Rama touch with the fourth finger
    Om Salutations to the servant of Rama touch with the little finger
    Om salutations to the one of Raghu clan touch with the front and back of the hand.
    Adha anga Nyasa
    Now rituals with organs
    Om Lakshmanaya Hrudayaya nama
    Om SEshaya sirase swaha
    Om Sumithra nandanaya shikhayai voushat
    Om Ramanujaya kavachaya hoom,
    Om Rama dasaya nethraya voushat
    Om Raghu vamsaya Ashthraya phat
    Om Soumithraye ithi dig bandha
    Ithi Hrudhyadhi Shadanga Nyasa
    Om salutations to Lakshmna with touching of the heart
    Om Salutation to Sesha with touching of head,
    Om salutations to son of Sumithra touching the hair,
    Om brother of Rama thinking of the armour
    Om salutations to servant of Rama, touching the eye
    Om salutations to the member of Raghu clan , meditate on the arrow
    Om Son of Sumithra and tie all the directions
    Thus complete the ritual of the six organs.
    Adha dhyanam
    Now meditation
    1.Rama prushta sthitham , ramyam , rathna kundala dharinam,
    Neelothpala dala shyamam, rathna kankana manditham.
    Meditate on him who is in the back side of Rama,
    Who is pretty , wears gem studded ear globes,
    Who is black like the blue lotus and wears gem studded bangles.
    2.Ramasya masthake divyam , bhibratham chatham uthamam,
    Vara peethambara daram , mukatenathi shobhitham
    He who holds the great Umbrella over the divine head of Rama,
    Who wears the blessed yellow silk and shines with his crown.
    3.Thuneeram karmukam chapi bhibratham cha smithananam,
    Rathna mala dharam divyam pushpa mala virajitham.
    Carrying the bow and arrow case, having a smiling face ,
    Wearing a gem studded necklace and also wearing a holy flower garland.
    4.Evam dhyathwa Lakshmanam cha Ragahava anyastha lochanam,
    Kavacham japaneeyam hi thatho Bhakthyathra manavai
    After meditating on Lakshmana like this and seeing Rama in the other eye,
    Later the devotes would chant this armour .
    5.Lakshmana pathu may poorvam , dakshine Raghavanuja,
    Pratheechyam pathu Soumithri, pathu udeechyam Raghuthama
    Let Lakshmana protect my east , Let brother of Rama protect my south,
    Let son of Sumithra protect my west and the good son of Raghu clan protect my north .
    6.Adha pathu Maha veera , schordhwam pathu nrupathmaja,
    Madhye pathu Rama dasa, sarvadha Sathya palaka
    Let my beginning be protected by the great hero,
    My top by the son of the king , middle by the servant of Rama,
    And all my form by the protector of truth.
    7.Smithanana sira pathu, Phalam cha thu Urmiladhava,
    Brovor madhye dhanur dhari, sumithranandhano akshini.
    Let the smiling faced one protect my head,
    Let my forehead be protected by the husband of Urmila,
    Let he who is armed with a bow protect the place in between my eyes,
    And let the son of Sumithra protect my eyes.
    8.Kaple Rama manthri cha sarvadha pathu vai mama,
    Karna moole sada pathu Kabanda bhuja khandana.
    Let the minister of Rama always protect my skull,
    Let the tip of my ears be protected by he who cut off the hands of Kabandha.
    9.Nasagram may sada pathu Sumithrananda vardhana,
    Ramanyasthe Kshana pathu sada may athra mukham bhuvi.
    Let he who increases the happiness of Sumithra protect the tip of my nose,
    Let my mouth be protected by he who protects Rama always.
    10.Sita vakya kara pathu may vanim sada thrahi,
    Soumya roopa pathu jihwam, anatha pathu dwijaan.
    Let he who obeys the word of Sita always protect my voice,
    Let the calm looking one protect my toungue ,
    And let the God Anantha protect the Brahmins.
    11.Chibukam pathu rakshogna, kandam pathwa suradhana,
    Skandhou pathu jitharathir , bhujou pankaja lochana
    Let the killer of Rakshasa protect my chin,
    Let the killer of Asuras protect my neck,
    Let he who has won over the night protect my shoulders,
    Let the lotus eyed one protect my arms.
    12.Karou kankana dhari cha nakhaan rathna nakhovathu,
    Kukshim pathu vinidhro may Vaksha pathu Jithendriya
    Let my hands be protected by one who wears bracelet,
    Let my nails be protected by one who has pearl like nails,
    Let the sleepless one protect my abdomen,
    And let the one who has won over his senses protect my br*ast
    13.Parsve Raghava prushtastha, prushtadesam mano rama,
    Nabhim Gambheera nabhisthu, katim charukma mekhala.
    Let my sides be protected by he who is behind Rama,
    Let my back be protected by the one entertains the mind,
    Let my navel be protected by one who has a great navel,
    Let my hip be protected by one who has a pretty girdle.
    14.Guhyam pathu saharasrasya, pathu lingam haripriya,
    Ooru pathu Vishnu thulya, Sumukho aavathu jahnuni
    Let my private parts be protected by the thousand tongued one,
    Let the friend of Vishnu protect my p*nis,
    Let my thigh be protected by one equal to Vishnu,
    And let the pleasant one protect my knee.
    15.Nagendra pathu may jange , gulphou noopuravaan mama,
    Pada vanga thatho avyath, pathwangini sulochana.
    Let the king of serpents protect my thigh,
    Let my ankle be protected by he who wears anklets,
    Let my feet be protected by father of Vanga,
    And let the good eyed one protect my smart limbs
    16.Chithra Kethu pitha pathu mama padanguli sada,
    Romani may sada pathu ravi vamsa samudhbhava.
    Let the father of Chithra Kethu always protect my fingers of legs,
    Let my hair be protected by one who was born in clan of Sun.
    17.Dasaratha sutha pathu nisayaam mama sadaram,
    Bhoogoladhari maam pathu divase divase sadaa
    Let the son of Dasaratha protect me at night with care,
    Let the one who lifts the earth protect me during day time
    18.Sarva kaleshu maam indra jit hantha aavathu sarvada,
    Evam soumithri kavacham Sutheeshna kaditham yo.
    Let at all times I may be protected by the killer of Indra jit.
    This is the armour of Lakshmana as told by Sutheeshna.
    19.Idham pratha samuthaya ye padanthyathra manava,
    They dhanya manavaa loke theshaam cha saphalo bhava.
    If this can be read by man as soon as he rises up in the morning,
    That blessed man would achieve positive results.
    20.Soumithre kavachasyasya padaan nischayena hi,
    Puthrarthi labhathe puthran , dhanarthi dhanam aapnuyath,
    It is definitely true that if this armour of Lakshmana is read,
    He who wants to get a son will get a son,
    And one who is interested in wealth will get wealth.
    21.Pathnee kamo labeth pathnim , go dhanarthyi thu godhanam,
    Dhanyarthi prapnuyath dhanyam , rajyarthi Rajyamapnuyath.
    He who wishes for a wife will get a wife,
    He who wishes for wealth of cows with get cow wealth,
    He who is interested in grains would get grains.
    And he who wants a kingdom will get a kingdom.
    22.Paditham Rama kavacham , Soumithri kavacham vinaa,
    Gruthena heenam naivedhyam , thena datham na samsaya
    Reading of armour of Rama without reading this armour of Lakshmana,
    Is without doubt like offering food offering to God without ghee.
    23.Kevalam rama kavacham paditham manavair yadhi,
    Thath padenaa thu santhushto ne bhaved Raghu nandana,
    Those people who read only the armour of Lord Rama,
    Should know that Rama will not become happy by this.
    24.Atha prayathnatha chedam Soumithri kavacham narai,
    Padaneyam sarva dhaiva sarva vanchitha dayakam.
    This reading of Armour of Lakshmana would give a man,
    All that he wishes and would please all gods.
    Ithi Srimad Ananda Ramayane Sutheeshnaa agasthya samvadhe ,
    Sri Lakshmna Kavacham sampoornam.
    Thus ends the armour of Lakshmana which occurs in the
    Conversation between Agasthya and Sutheeshna which occurs in Ananda Ramayana.
    Soon after his birth, Lakshman kept crying until he was placed next to Ram. Since that day he was always beside Ram, accompanying him to protect Vishwamitra’s yagna and following him into exile in the forest. Such was his devotion that he refused to take his wife along with him to the forest. He even refused to sleep for 14 years so that he could serve his brother day and night.
    Lakshman’s wife, Urmila, wanted to follow her husband to the forest as Sita had followed Ram but Lakshman begged her to stay back saying, “I will be busy taking care of Ram and Sita and will have not time for you. Help me by staying back so that I do not have to feel guilty or anxious about your wellbeing.” So Urmila stayed back, reluctantly, wondering how she could help her husband help Ram.
    On the first night in the forest, Lakshman kept watch while Ram and Sita went to sleep. That is when Nidra, the goddess of sleep, approached him. He begged the goddess to leave him alone for fourteen years so that he could guard his brother and sister-in-law night and day. The goddess, impressed by his act of filial devotion, agreed. But the law of nature demanded that someone bear the burden of Lakshman’s share of sleep. “Go to my wife, Urmila, and inform her of the situation,” said Lakshman. Nidra went to Urmila. Urmila bowed her head and replied, “Give me my husband’s share of sleep for fourteen years so that he can stay awake all that time without any fatigue.” So it came to pass that Urmila slept for fourteen years night and day while her husband stayed awake in the service of Ram and Sita.This had an impact in the war against Ravana. Ravana’s mighty son, Meghnadh, was invincible. Only a man who had not slept for 14 years could defeat him. Thus Lakshman was able to kill him, all thanks to Urmila.
    The story of Urmila comes from folk Ramayanas or Ram-kathas and is not part of Valmiki’s Sanskrit narrative or Tulsi’s Avadhi narrative. But the way the story is presented, especially in the Ram Kathas of South India, is even more interesting. It reminds us how vast and imaginative and provocative the tradition of Ramayana is in India, and how we are often deprived of this variety in our quest for uniformity.
    After Ram defeats Ravan, rescues Sita and returns to Ayodhya, the day of Ram’s coronation dawns. As the hymns were being chanted and the crown is brought before Ram, Lakshman started to laugh, startling everyone.
    Everyone wondered why was Lakshman laughing: who was he mocking? Every person in the court ‘ Ram and Sita included ‘ was consumed by doubts and guilt, for each was embarrassed of some misdeed in their life. Each one remembered an event in their life, which they were not particularly proud of, and felt Lakshman was laughing at them.Finally someone asked Lakshman why he was laughing and he replied, “I have waited for this moment for the past 14 years and just when I am about to witness Ram being crowned king, the goddess of sleep, Nidra, reminds me of our agreement 14 years ago, and demands that I submit to her this very moment, and go to sleep and let Urmila awaken. I find the irony of the situation hilarious.” So Lakshman dozed and Urmila woke up to see Ram crowned king, and everyone heaved a sigh of relief.
    The Lakshmana Tirtha is a river of India that has its origin in Kodagu district and flows eastward. It joins the Kaveri in the Krishna Raja Sagara lake.
    Mythological Origin of Lakshmana Tirtha
    One day when Rama with his followers was living in Irpu, his younger brother Lakshmana, in a fit of madness, insulted him by returning the bow and arrows which he had received from Rama. But soon repenting of his rashness, Lakshmana asked forgiveness, offering at the same time to throw himself into a large fire as an atonement for his crime. He accordingly shot an arrow against the foot of the rocks at Irpu, when a large fire flared up, into which he threw himself. In order to save his brother, Rama immediately created a river, which up to the present day is called Lakshmanatirtha, but it was too late. Rama afterwards desired to consecrate the spot, and ordered Hanuman to bring a linga from Kashi (Varanasi) within one hour and a half. During his absence, Rama, fearing that Hanuman would not be back in time, made a linga himself of river-sand, in which operation he was surprised by Hanuman, who flew into a rage for having troubled himself in vain. He twisted his enormous tail round one of the neighbouring hills, Hanuman betta, and attempted to upset it. Rama, to comfort the furious Hanuman, assured him that Hanuman’s linga should become even as more famous than his own. So the new linga was set up at Herumalu, and the festive day of its worship precedes that of the linga at Irpu.Thus the river is called as lakshmanathirtha.
    Tale 11: aNidra Devi STORY (another version)Laxman had taken a vow to keep awake through out the exile period of fourteen years in order to better serve and protect Sri Rama and Ma Sita. Days, weeks, months and years passed. After a while, the goddess of Sleep became aware of Laxman’s penance. Pleased with his unwavering dedication and attention to Rama and Sita, she appeared in front of Laxman. She said that she was impressed by his sense of devotion to his purpose and was there to bless Laxman so that he would not get tired by those sleepless nights. Laxman responded by saying that he could never get tired of serving his Lord and his Mother. To accept her blessings for the purpose she mentioned, would amount to self doubt. And Laxman begged the goddess’ forgiveness.

    The goddess of sleep was silent and thoughtful for a while. Finally, she said: “Now that I am here, I cannot go away without giving you some kind of boon. Ask for anything.”

    Laxman folded his hands and replied: “Devi, I am here under protection (chhatrachhaya) of my Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita. In Ayodhya, Urmila is fighting a lone battle looking after my parents. So please visit her and bless her so that she does not suffer.” So great was Laxman’s dedication Sri Rama and Sita that he remembered Urmila for the first time in years.

    The goddess was pleased and promised Laxman that she would fulfill his wish. She visited Ayodhya, met Urmila and told her about her visit to Laxman and about Laxman’s wish for the goddess to bless her. Urmila’s reply was a typical one that only Urmila could give: “Hey Devi, I am honored. But, I am not tired. I can not get tired of looking after my near and dear ones. Moreover, it was my husband’s wish that I stay back and it is my solemn duty to obey him. Again, he had not compelled me. He had merely stated his wish. I am happy. Still, if you want to fulfill my wish and bless me, please see to it that Laxman doesn’t remember me even once during rest of the remaining exile period, otherwise he will worry about me and that will hinder his dedication to Sri Rama and Ma Sita, which I do not want. So remove me from his memory till then so that he can concentrate and serve them without his mind wavering.”

    Tale 12: Lakshman Urmila -Mango Orchard Conversation

    ..there is one more story about lakshman and urmila found in a mytho book…its about their Mango Orchard conversation
    after marriage lakshman and urmila lived blissfully in ayodhya He was a caring and loving husband and she was devoted and dutiful wife together they looked like Ram and Sita” once urmila and sita were roaming in the mango orchard garden of their kingdom urmila looked at the mangoes and went ahead to pick them’..lakshmana who was present nearby pierced the mangoes with his arrows and gave it to urmila
    Urmila teased shri lakshman and said “does my lord’s arrows only pierces the mangoes or have they ever been used to slay the demons and devils in the battle”
    Lakshman replied playfully “What can I do wen Shri Ram is present with me he doesn’t gives me the opportunity hence me and my arrows quietly watch shri ram killing the dreadful demons.”
    To which urmila retorted “how could u merely watch wen Shri Ram fighting alone with demons as the younger brother its ur prime duty to serve ur brother first”wen u have brother like shri ram and mother like sister in law sita ur primary goal should be providing them with comfort no dharma is greater than this one”
    Lakshman smiled and said “if this is the wish of my lady I promise before lord ram mine arrows will come out of the quiver and face the dreadful demons”
    Later on wen laskhman expressed his wish to accompany Ram in the forest he told her about this incident where he pledged to serve lord shri ram on her request.Tale 13 : Urmila- a great Scholar and talented painter

    Urmila was known to be a great scholar and a talented painter.She had spent the entire fourteen years painting the scene of Rama’s wedding to Sita.And serving mothers Kaushlya ,Sumitra and Kaikey…

    one day urmila was painting rama protrait then mandavi asked her about the painting she said kausalya maa has asked her to make the painting.Mandavi praised her for her dedication and Urmila replied,she has her own selfish reason behind painting ram and sita maa wedding…she said with the mere touch of lord rama ahilya got liberated, demon like taraka attained heaven so if she paints him maybe he will gave his blessing her all sins will be purified and she will never bear the pang of separation lord rama even praised hersacrifice and said he will always remain indebted to her embarrassed

    sitamaa was feeling sad for her sister urmila she was in pain lakshman saw this and softly replied

    “Dont feel guilty…I and urmila have all that anyone needs the hand of god is often upon us and we see and feel each other more often than we deserve…In my dreams she comes to me and dreams are more often real and satisfying than acutal sight and touch as shri is to narayana as shakti is to shiva urmila is to me without her i m nothing at times i feel strength surging through my body and i know tht she is thinking of me praying forme reaching out in spirit and embracing me…if i act like a god its becoz her love makes me one”
    feeling sad for her sister urmila she was in pain lakshman saw this and softly replied
    Though a gruhashta, Lakshmana was a great brahmachari. The sages of Rama’s time declared that his victory over Indrajit was superior to that of Rama over Ravana. Because Indrajit had the power to become invisible and he had mastery over the magical art and there was no way in which anybody could defeat him. Except one person, who had practiced purity for fourteen long years! And that qualification, Lakshmana had. For the fourteen years that he was in the forest, through the dedicated service that he did to Lord Rama, he had acquired that purity of heart to defeat Indrajit.One day, Sri Rama wanted to test his brother Lakshmana.Sita is sleeping in the forest in Sri Rama’s lap. Rama pretends that He has some urgent work and says: “Lakshmana, I have some work, I have to go; but don’t disturb Sita. You come and take My place and let Sita sleep without any disturbance until she wakes up.”
    So quietly they change their positions; Lakshmana takes Rama’s position and Sita is with her head on Lakshmana’s lap. And what does Rama do? He converts Himself into a parrot and goes and sits on the top of the thatched hut, and looks to see what is going to happen to Lakshmana. But Lakshmana is not any ordinary person! Do you know what he did?Look at him! He was alone with a woman! There was nobody else. This is his brother’s wife. And look at what Lakshmana did.
    ‘Sumitra’Sumitra’Sumitra..’ he was reminding himself constantly that the woman who is sleeping in his lap is not Sita, but Sumitra, ‘my mother, my mother, my mother’ he kept saying to himself.”
    PASSAGE FROM KRITTIVASSI RAMAYANA…

    After Ram’s rajyabhishek, great sage Agastya came to visit Ram. He asked Ram, “I’m curious enough to know about your war in Lanka in detail. How did you end all the rakshases? Which demons were killed by you & which ones by Lakshman?” Ram replied, “We had to face a very difficult struggle. We have destroyed countless demons. I killed Ravan & Kumbhakarn; Lakshman killed Atikay & Indrajit.”
    Then the sage told, “Ram! Indrajit was the greatest hero in the whole Lanka. He was able to bind the king of Gods, Indra. He was able to fight secretly from the clouds. Did Lakshman slay that person? Then I must say that there is no warrior in these three worlds who can equal Lakshman!”
    Shri Ram became wondered, “Lord! Was Indrajit even more powerful than Kumbhakarn & Ravan? How can you praise him instead of Ravan?” Agastya said, “Raghunath! There was no warrior equivalent to Indrajit in universe. If a person could starve for 14 years, could spend sleepless nights for 14 years, & didn’t look at any woman’s face for 14 years, then only he could slay Indrajit!”
    Shri Ram got shocked enough, “Lord! What are you saying? How it’s possible? How could Lakshman starve? I gave him fruits everyday in vanavas. Sita was always with him, how could he resist his gaze at Sita’s face? He lived in separate cottage, how could he spend sleepless nights during 14 years? How can I believe such impossible words?”
    Agastya told, “Call him here. Lakshman will surely narrate all of his sufferings in this court.” Then Ram ordered Sumantra to bring Lakshman in the court. Sumantra did so. Lakshman entered into Ram’s court & touched Ram’s feet.
    Shri Ram asked his brother, “Give answers to my few questions. We three lived together for 14 years. How could you live without a single gaze at Sita’s face? You used to bring fruits for us, did you starved yourself? You lived in a separate cottage, how could you resist your sleep for 14 years?”Lakshman replied, “Brother! After Sita’s abduction, when Sugriv showed us her ornaments, you asked me, ‘Are they Sita’s jewelries? Can you identify them as hers?’ I couldn’t identify her ornaments except the anklet. Yes, my Lord! We three lived together, but I never noticed her but her feet!
    You two lived in your cottage, & I guarded the cottage with bow & arrows in my hand. When sleep came to my eyes, I hurt the Goddess of sleep (Nidra devi) with my arrow, & told her, “O Nidra devi! You have to obey my words! Don’t come to me for these 14 years. When my brother Ram will sit on Ayodhya’s throne as king, & queen Janaki will sit besides him, & I will stand besides them with the raj-chhatra, you may come to my eyes on that day.” Lord! After your rajyabhishek, when I stood with raj-chhatra, it fell from my hand, did you notice that? Actually then Nidra devi came to my eyes according to my order! I became sleepy & couldn’t resist the fall of chhatra.
    This is also true that I ate nothing for 14 years. I brought fruits from forest & you divided them into three parts. Can you remember what did you tell me? You gave me fruits & told, ‘hold it, dear’, so I took it & kept in cottage. But you never told me, ‘eat the fruits’. Brother! How could I eat without your order? I have kept all the fruits of 14 years!”
    Shri Ram asked, “How have you kept them? I’m wondering hearing all of your words!” Then Lakshman asked Hanuman to bring all the fruits from forest. Hanuman went at once & found that all the fruits have been kept in the tunir (the bucket in which the arrows were kept). Seeing it Hanuman thought, “It’s too small to carry, even a small monkey can do this! Then why have my Lord sent me for this negligible work? This is an injustice for me.” As a result of this pride, Hanuman couldn’t lift the tunir full of fruits! It became as heavy as the Shiv-dhanu! Hanuman returned to Ayodhya & told, “I can’t understand why I fail to lift it!” Then Shri Ram ordered Lakshman to bring the fruits & Lakshman did so very easily.
    Shri Ram ordered Lakshman to count all the fruits. Lakshman counted all fruits of 14 years, but it was found that seven day’s fruits are missing from 14 year’s collection! Then Shri Ram told, “Lakshman! You have surely eaten fruits on that seven days, otherwise why are they missing?”
    Lakshman replied, “My Lord! Fruits have not been brought on those seven days. Those days were:-
    1) The day on which we got the news of father’s death.
    2) The day on which Sita was abducted.
    3) The day on which Indrajit bound us with Naag-pash.
    4) The day on which Indrajit killed the Maya-Sita to mislead us.
    5) The day on which we both were in Mahiravan’s chamber in patal lok.
    6) The day on which I became unconscious with shakti-shel of Ravan.
    7) The day on which you destroyed Ravan & we attained victory (I forgot to bring fruits due to immense pleasure!)
    On those seven days I couldn’t bring fruits for you for these reasons. So you can’t find seven day’s fruits here.
    Now believe, brother, this is true that I ate nothing for 14 years! Can you recall sage Viswamitra’s advice? He gave us mantras to defeat hunger & thirst. I just obeyed him & thus became able to slay Indrajit.”
    Tears rolled down from Ram’s eyes, he hugged Lakshman affectionately(NOT FROM VALMIKI RAMAYAN)Laxman a supreme example Of self surrender (as told by satya sai baba)
    “Lakshmana is a superb example of the attitude of surrender. When Rama, Sita and Lakshmana went to forest and reached Chitrakoot, Rama told Lakshmana, ‘I am feeling tired and Sita too is tired. It is better we stay here for some time. So, I would like you to put up a cottage in which we can stay for a longer duration, if necessary for the whole period often years. You can put the cottage in any place of your choice.’Hearing these words, Lakshmana felt hurt and bent down his head with grief. Noting this, Sita asked Lakshmana, ‘Why are you perturbed, Lakshmana? Your brother did not speak anything harsh. Why do you feel so?’ Lakshmana said, ‘Have I ever had any choice of my own? I left my mother, wife and all comforts of life and accompanied you both to serve. I have surrendered myself to Rama. Where is the question of my choice? The command of Rama is what I want to carry out. While so, how can I withstand the impact of Rama asking me to put up the cottage at a place of my choice?’ Rama realised the sacred feelings of Lakshmana and true attitude of his surrender and pointed out the site himself.”
    Lakshman phal/fruit -Favorite fruit of Lakshman

    It is also called as sour sop which is claimed to be highly effective for cancer treatments.
    Apparently, this is the same fruit that is called Mullan Chakka or Lakshmana Pazham (fruit) in Malayalam, and is grown in Kerala. The fruit is in high demand and supposedly very difficult to get, owing to its medicinal properties.

    PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    English : Soursop tree
    Hindi : Lakshman phal
    Sanskrit: Lakshmanaphala
    Malayalam : Mullan chakka, Lakshmanapazam.
    Botanical name : Annona muricata Linn (Annona macrocarpa Werckl)
    Family : Annonaceae
    Distribution ‘ Cultivated throughout warmer parts of India, as well as growing wild.
    Lakshmanaa – Medicinal plant bearing purple flower

    LAKSHMANA

    PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    English : Ipomoea
    Hindi : Bankalmi
    Malayalam : Tirutali

    Lakshmana plant is used for putreshti yagya and pumsavana sansakaar was a sankaar which was done in ancient times for sons..the juice of lalkshmanaa roots used to be dropped in the nostrils of the female to get male child right nostril and consummation on even nights during the fertile period was done for male child …and left nostril consummation on odd nights female child …after the putreshti yagna was performed

    Pumsavana is performed in the third or fourth month of pregnancy when the moon is in a male constellation, particularly the Tishya-nakshatra. This symbolises a male child. Therefore the term pumsavana literally means ‘male procreation’. Sushrut, the ancient rishi of Ayurveda, has described the procedure in his Sushruta Samhita: “Having pounded milk with any of these herbs – Sulakshmana, Batasurga, Sahadevi and Vishwadeva – one should instil three or four drops of juice in the right nostril of the pregnant woman. She should not spit out the juice.” Local tale related to this plant :
    shared by arti

    Lakshmana plant is named coz wen lakshman ji was wounded in khar and dushan battle and the blood from his body fell on the ground and the plant grew with purple flower and he is associated with fertility and childbirth…becoz lakshman is carrier of mother earth a symbol of fertilty mother earth is asociated with feminism and hence with the blessing of this flower woman bear son like him…even at lakshman temple at lokpal ppl worship lord lakshmana for the blessing of the son…
    Tale 20 : Tintrini Plant’s association with Lakshman
    Source: Plant Myths and Traditions in India(Book)

    Tintrini leaves are very small. The reason behind this is once Ram, Lakshman and Sita while on their exile of fourteen years came to a forest which grew Tintrini trees. The Tintrini those days had large, well developed leaves. They made a hut under it. The large leaves of the tree sheltered them well. Ram said that they were supposed to suffer and bear inconveniences during their exile. But this tree was sheltering them from rain and giving them protection from the intense heat and cold which were city comforts. So he ordered Lakshmana to shoot at the leaves and split them . Lakshmana did as he was told and shot at the leaves with his bow and arrow and since then the leaves are finely divided.
    Tale 20 : Tintrini Plant’s association with Lakshman
    Source: Plant Myths and Traditions in India(Book)

    Tintrini leaves are very small. The reason behind this is once Ram, Lakshman and Sita while on their exile of fourteen years came to a forest which grew Tintrini trees. The Tintrini those days had large, well developed leaves. They made a hut under it. The large leaves of the tree sheltered them well. Ram said that they were supposed to suffer and bear inconveniences during their exile. But this tree was sheltering them from rain and giving them protection from the intense heat and cold which were city comforts. So he ordered Lakshmana to shoot at the leaves and split them . Lakshmana did as he was told and shot at the leaves with his bow and arrow and since then the leaves are finely divided.
    Tale 20 : Tintrini Plant’s association with Lakshman
    Source: Plant Myths and Traditions in India(Book)

    Tintrini leaves are very small. The reason behind this is once Ram, Lakshman and Sita while on their exile of fourteen years came to a forest which grew Tintrini trees. The Tintrini those days had large, well developed leaves. They made a hut under it. The large leaves of the tree sheltered them well. Ram said that they were supposed to suffer and bear inconveniences during their exile. But this tree was sheltering them from rain and giving them protection from the intense heat and cold which were city comforts. So he ordered Lakshmana to shoot at the leaves and split them . Lakshmana did as he was told and shot at the leaves with his bow and arrow and since then the leaves are finely divided.

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    Tale : Urmila – lead Vanaprastha life for 14 years
    source : http://sharmistha-theworld.blogspot.com/2011/03/urmila.html

    Urmila never showed the sign of worry for Lakshman during the 14yrs of exile. Though she lived in the Palace at Ayodhya, she observed “Vanaprastha”. One day, Kaushlaya visited Urmila’s room, at that time Urmila was meditating. So, Kaushlaya remained silent and waited for Urmila to complete her meditation. When, Urmila opened her eye, she saw Kaushlaya there. After she vowed to Kaushlaya, Kaushlaya admired her will and said ” How at this tender age, you are not being deviated from your duty and you show no sign of worry for Lakshman?,This pain of being separated from my sons and daughter in law, is hurting so much. then how you are having patience though you are separated from your husband?” To answer this concern of Kaushlaya, Urmila, narrates the duty of a good wife. She said that a good wife is one who could inspire her husband to perform his duty, and is not the one who becomes an obstacle in his path. Lakshman has gone to serve his brother, so she should not be weak, rather than worrying about him she should take care of his mothers. At the time of battle, when Lakshman faints, and Hanuman goes to get Sanjeevani for him, Bharat saw him on the way. Hanuman informs him about Lakshman’s critical condition. Later, Bharat gives this news to Urmila, Kaushlaya and Sumitra. Hearing this news , Urmila did not show any trace of fear or worry. However, she said that ” My husband’s heart is filled with the name of Ram. Therefore, he is perhaps sleeping peacefully. All the pain is for Ram. No danger can befall on him. He will always remain safe.”
    The tapasya that Urmila did made Lakshman stronger. He was able to kill Indrajeet and Meghnad who were considered equally powerful as Ravana.
    In the exile period of Lakshman along with Ram and Sita, Urmila continued to paint the scenes of Ram and Sita’s marriage. She continued to take care of mother Kaushlaya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. She tolerated the pain without showing little signs of worry. Among the three wives of Dasaratha, not much has been said about the second wife, Sumitra, anywhere in history. Kausalya attained a good reputation because of her son Rama. Her name figures first in the Suprabhatam, which begins with the words, “Kausalya supraja Rama (Oh! The noble son of mother Kausalya)”. Kaikeyi wanted her son Bharata to be the crown prince, but Sumitra had absolutely no desire whatsoever. Sumitra was the epitome of all virtues. She was mitha bhashi and hitha bhashi (one who talks less and in a pleasing manner). Her behaviour was in consonance with her name Su-mitra (good friend). She had two sons, Lakshmana and Satrughna, and there was no way that either of them could become the crown prince. Yet, Sumitra was not worried. She demonstrated the ideal of service to the rest of the world. “When Lord Rama becomes king, my first son Lakshmana should dedicate himself to His service.” This was her desire. Likewise, she wanted her second son Satrughna to be in service of Bharata. The servant is always by the side of the master. That is why Lakshmana followed Lord Rama and Satrughna was always in the company of Bharata. She understood the sacredness of service and exhorted her sons to follow the same path. When you carefully go through the sacred story of Lord Rama, you will be able to understand and appreciate the noble and ideal feelings of mother Sumitra. When Lord Rama was leaving for the forest, mother Kausalya was inconsolable. It was only Sumitra who did not shed a tear. She tried to pacify Kausalya and instil courage in her saying, “Dear sister, my son Lakshmana will accompany Rama to the forest to look after His needs. He will make sure that Rama is put to no inconvenience under any circumstances. Just as an eyelid protects the eye, Lakshmana will constantly engage himself in Rama’s service. You don’t need to be worried about Rama’s safety and security.” She willingly sent her son to the forest along with Rama. Will any mother act in such a courageous and selfless manner? As per the boons granted by Dasaratha to Kaikeyi, only Rama was supposed to go in exile. It was not obligatory for Lakshmana to accompany Him. Sumitra could have argued in this manner and prevented Lakshmana from going to the forest. But Sumitra did not raise any objection whatsoever. “Lakshmana is born only to serve Lord Rama. He is an instrument in Rama’s hands. So, Rama is taking His instrument with Him. Who am I to send Lakshmana with Him and who is Lakshmana to decide about his going with Rama? Rama has every right to take Lakshmana with Him.” This was her feeling. She blessed her son Lakshmana and said, “My dear, take proper care of Sita and Rama.” When Bharata was proceeding to his uncle’s kingdom of Kekaya, Satrughna had no information whether to stay back or follow. Yet, Satrughna got ready to accompany Bharata, since he knew it was his duty to serve him. In the history of Bharat (India), there are many noble mothers like Sumitra, who encouraged their sons to take to the path of service.
    For Sita, Rama was her life. She could not bear separation from Him even for a minute. So, she begged to be allowed to accompany Rama to the forest.
    As in the case of Sumitra, the name of Urmila, Lakshmana’s wife, does not find a place of prominence in the Ramayana. Both Sumitra and Urmila were highly sacred. They lead a life of sacrifice. She was a very good painter. She used to spend most of her time in painting. She was not aware that Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana were going on exile. At that time, she was painting a beautiful picture with the paint pot by her side. Lakshmana went to her and called her by her name in a raised voice. She was afraid and at once stood up; in the process the paint accidentally spilled over the picture she was painting. She felt sad that the picture was spoiled. Lakshmana asked her as to what she was painting. Urmila replied, “I am painting the picture of Sita Rama’s coronation as it is going to take place. I want to send this picture to my father Janaka. The whole world will enjoy seeing this beautiful picture.” Lakshmana was dejected and told her about the events that took place. He said, “The coronation of Sita Rama is canceled because of Kaikeyi, and the picture you are painting is spoiled because of me.” He told that he was accompanying Rama to the forest. Will any lady keep quiet when she comes to know that her husband is going to the forest for 14 years? She would ask many questions –“Why should you follow him? You are under no obligation to go to forest. Only Rama is ordered to go. So, you need not go with him.” Any ordinary lady would have argued in this manner. But Urmila did not raise any objection. In fact, she was very happy that her husband got an opportunity to serve Sita and Rama. She said, “You are very lucky to have got this great opportunity. Please follow them without wasting a minute.” Lakshmana told her, “You will not be able to see Sita and Rama for the next 14 years. So, go to Sita’s residence at once and take her blessings.” But Urmila did not move from there. On the other hand, she pushed him to go with Sita and Rama, saying, “I don’t want to come in the way of your going with Sita and Rama. Please don’t waste even a minute. Go with them at once and be in their service.” Before going, she wanted Lakshmana to give her a promise. She said, “You are going to live in the forest without me for fourteen years. It is possible that you would think of me and mention my name at some time or other. So, I want you to promise that you will not think of me or mention my name at any point of time. Contemplate constantly on the divine Names of Sita and Rama and serve them with all sincerity and devotion. If I accompany you to the forest, you may not be able to devote your entire time to their service. I will stay back so as not to become an impediment in your way.” Hearing Urmila’s words, Lakshmana was surprised and elated. “Can one find such a noble and devoted wife anywhere else,” he exclaimed to himself. He took leave of her and left the place immediately. In this land of Bharat (India), there are many noble mothers like Sumitra and virtuous wives like Urmila. Many incidents that speak of the nobility of Sumitra and Urmila are not mentioned in the epic Ramayana. When Lakshmana fainted in the battlefield, in order to revive him, Hanuman had to bring the Sanjivani herbs from a mountain. Since he was unable to locate the required herbs, he lifted the entire mountain and was on his way back to the battlefield. He had to fly over the Nandigrama en route. Bharata mistook him for a demon and shot an arrow at him. Hanuman fell down along with the mountain. He offered his salutations to Bharata and explained to him the situation in the battlefield and the purpose of his carrying the Sanjivani mountain. Bharata was happy to note that Lakshmana would be revived. Immediately, he sent word for his mothers and all his subjects. Urmila also came. Everyone except Sumitra felt sad that Lakshmana had fainted in the battlefield. But Urmila was not perturbed. She bent her head and listened to Hanuman’s narration. On hearing all this, mother Kausalya broke down. Then Sumitra consoled her saying, “Sister, why do you worry? No danger can ever befall Rama. Lakshmana will take good care of him. Both my sons are born to render service to Rama. In case Lakshmana dies in the battlefield, I will send my other son Satrughna to help Rama in the battle.” Will any mother be prepared for such a sacrifice? Bharata said to Urmila, “Mother, you may be grief-stricken that your husband Lakshmana has fainted in the battlefield.” In those days people used to address women as mother. Urmila replied, “I am not at all worried about this, for my husband is with Lord Rama Himself. In fact, every cell of his body is filled with the divine Name of Rama. Hence, I am sure that nothing untoward can happen to him.” Then Hanuman told her, “Mother, none can say for sure that your husband will be revived. It is a very difficult situation. Rama loves Lakshmana most dearly. He considers him as His very life. Hence, Rama is grief-stricken.” Hearing this Urmila laughed and said, “Hanuman, no one in this world can understand the Divinity of Rama and the nature of my husband. Rama is verily the Paramatma (highest Atma). There is no question of his worrying at all. All this is His Divine play. Even my husband Lakshmana has no worries at all. Perhaps he might have been hurt a little by the arrows shot at him by Ravana and his sons. Since every cell of his body is filled with the divine Name of Rama, there is absolutely no danger to his life. In fact, he has not fainted; he is enjoying a good and peaceful sleep.” None can understand the bond of sacred love that existed between Rama and Lakshmana. When Lakshmana fainted in the battlefield, Rama lamented, saying, “If I were to search in the world, I may get another wife like Sita, but not a brother like Lakshmana”. In the Ramayana, not much has been said about the greatness of Lakshmana and Satrughna. Since this world is physical in nature, people give importance only to physical aspects. They talk only about Sita and Rama but do not bother to note the sacrifices made by Lakshmana, Satrughna and their wives. Urmila told Hanuman to proceed without further delay, since Rama and others would be waiting for his return. She said, “I am the daughter of the King Janaka, the daughter-in-law of the King Dasaratha, and the wife of Lakshmana. Since these three are men of truth and righteousness, no danger can ever befall on my husband.” Her resolve was such that she remained in the same place where she was when her husband Lakshmana left for the forest. She had told Lakshmana that she would remain in the same place till his return from the forest. She spent all her time in painting. Even Sumitra was worried a bit, but Urmila was unperturbed. Urmila’s nature was pure, unsullied, and totally selfless. But to this day, Bharatiyas have not known the nobility of Sumitra and Urmila. Mother Sumitra had no ambition that her sons should occupy positions of authority. She wanted them to follow the path of service. It is not enough if you think of Rama and Sita. You should also remember the great ideals demonstrated by Lakshmana and Urmila. The four brothers –Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna– are like the four Vedas. Once, Sage Vasishta said that the four Vedas assumed the forms of these four brothers and played in the house of King Dasaratha.
    What you have to realise or understand today is that the Lord can never be put to any danger. He enacts a divine drama in order to set an ideal to the world. Only those whose hearts are pure can understand His ways. Only Urmila could understand the sacred heart of Lakshmana. Only mother Sumitra knew the greatness of her sons Lakshmana and Satrughna. It is but natural that the mother understands the nature of her sons. This sacred land of Bharat has given to the world the most precious gems in the form of ideal mothers and ideal wives. Many more wonderful and mysterious events took place, but they are not revealed in the Ramayana.

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    The Song of Urmila’s Separation
    Andhra Women’s Song Spotlights Ramayana’s Neglected Urmila
    V Narayana Rao
    shared by : piu/ganga/arti

    Source:http://www.manushi-india.org/pdfs_issues/PDF%20Files%20153/Urmila%20pg.pdf

    Perhaps the most neglected character in the Ramayana is Urmila. Valmiki’s text mentions her only once, in two
    lines, to tell us that she was married to Lakshmana. We don’t hear of her again. Neither does she have a role in any of
    the Sanskrit tellings of the Ramayana by poets such as Kalidasa, Bhavabhuti and a number of others that follow all the
    way up to the nineteenth century.

    Two Telugu women’s Ramayana songs make Urmila prominent in the narrative, particularly the one usually titled
    Urmiladevi Nidra, (Urmila’s Sleep).

    Poets of this Ramayana invent an ingenious event: when Lakshmana followsRama and Sita to the forest, Urmila wants to go with them, too. But there is a problem. Family conventions do not allow
    a sister-in-law to walk in the company of her elder brother-in-law. Lakshmana, therefore, has to advise Urmila to stay
    home, but they make a pact to exchange their sleeping and waking hours. They decided that Urmila would sleep all fourteen years, thus avoiding the pain of separation from her husband, while Lakshmana would remain awake duringthat whole time, all the better for him to serve his brother day and night.

    The central theme of the song is how Lakshmana is reunited with Urmila.

    In the following pages, I will present a close reading of the song.
    As is usual with the women’s songs on the Ramayana, this one begins with a description of the glory of Rama. The first six lines of the song describe how, at the end of the period of exile, Rama returns triumphantly to his capital andholds court in glory. Everything is in order. Then Sita reminds Rama that his brother should go and visit his wife whohas been sleeping ever since they had gone to the forest. Lakshmana dutifully obeys this order from Rama, leaves the court and goes to where Urmila is sleeping.

    This is where the song begins to deepen. As is ordinarily the case in an
    upper caste household, the front of the house is where men rule; we move in this poem gradually into the interior of thehouse where women control the space.

    Urmila senses even in her sleep that a man has entered her room and begins to admonish the stranger of the consequences of entering her bedroom. The gradual progression of her words to the intruding man are carefully organized, poignantly describing the helpless position of a woman in a society where rape is not recognized as a crime,
    where the victim is blamed for the offense, and where fathers, brothers and husbands cannot be counted on for help.

    “If my father Janaka hears of this, he will punish you, count on it.
    If king Rama hears of this, your life will be in severe danger.
    If my sister’s brother-in-law hears of this, he will not let you live.
    Because he went after another man’s wife, Indra has an ugly body.
    Because he went after another man’s wife, Ravana was killed and his kingdom was lost.
    You know these well-known stories, and still you are intent on this.
    Don’t you have a sister like me, and aren’t you born of a mother?”

    She begins with respectful words, addressing him as ‘sir’, and tries to put on a show of strength, calling on the key men in her life and their power. The order in which they are invoked is in itself interesting in that it follows the order of their status in the family.

    First, King Janaka (she would have called on her father-in-law Dasaratha if he were alive), then Rama, and then her husband. It is very significant that she refers to her husband not directly, but in a round about way
    ‘ “my older sister’s younger brother-in-law.”

    However, in my translation I preferred a less round about form, “my
    sister’s brother-in-law.” Of course, her husband Lakshmana is Sita’s younger brother-in-law. In upper caste families,
    women do not refer to their husbands directly, and even at a time of grave danger Urmila follows propriety. She knows very well that neither Rama nor Lakshmana are at hand to save her, and as far as she knows they are still in the forest.

    There is no way a sleeping Urmila could have known the recent events in the palace. Apparently nobody has cared to wake her up and give her the good news of her husband’s return. They have practically left her to her fate. What follows is spoken in a mood of helplessness and despair.
    Urmila Devi’s Nidra

    King Rama on the throne, the court is held in glory.
    Bharata, Shatrughna and Lakshmana were in attendance to serve him.
    Hanuman pressed Rama’s feet. Sugriva stood by humbly.
    Tumbura and Narada sang and Rambha and her troop danced.
    Sanaka and other great sages discoursed on high disciplines.
    All the gods were pleased and flowers rained from the sky.
    Sita took a look at all the people present.
    She looked at her husband and joined her hands in prayer.

    “God of gods, listen, I have an appeal to make to you.
    When we were going to the forest, when your brother Lakshmana followed us,Urmila was ready to go with him, but he said she should not go.The woman went to sleep beginning from that very day.
    Now Lakshmana should go to her. You should ask him to go to her.”
    When Rama heard what Sita said, he felt sad for Urmila.
    He called Lakshmana close, and said: “Is it proper to leave
    your wife alone? Go to your dear wife. And talk
    lovingly to her, and make her forget her grief.”

    Lakshmana was pleased and quickly left the court.
    He went past many doors and many wide courtyards.
    He went to his own palace, where Urmila was sleeping,
    He entered his room and saw the woman in deep sleep.
    He bent over the bed and fixed her sari and sash,
    He sat by her side and talked to her, she was
    dearer to him than his own life:

    “Woman,” he said,
    “The moon is nothing before your face, and betel misses your lips,
    Speak your words, sweet like nectar, and cool my parched soul.
    Your feet are soft like lotuses, wake up and wear gold on them.”
    Urmila shivered in her sleep and said, “Who are you, sir? And why are you here?
    You dared to be so brash, you dared to commit a wrong.
    Prowling through alleys and lanes, you came to grab me alone.
    If my father Janaka hears of this, he will punish you, count on it.
    If king Rama hears of this, your life will be in severe danger.
    If my sister’s brother-in-law hears of this, he will not let you live.
    My great family’s name is tarnished now, helpless me, what can I do?
    The family of my birth is blemished now, helpless me, what can I do?
    Because he went after another man’s wife, Indra has an ugly body.
    Because he went after another man’s wife, Ravana was killed and his kingdom was lost.
    You know these well-known stories, and still you are intent on this.
    Don’t you have a sister like me, and aren’t you born of a mother?”
    As Urmila went on talking, Lakshmana said to her in grief.
    “I am Rama’s brother.”
    “Never heard of that name.”
    “I am Janaka’s son-in-law.”
    “Who on earth is he?”
    “My great family’s name is tarnished now, helpless me, what can I do?
    The famous family of my birth is blemished, helpless me, what can I do?”

    It is a familiar story: the family is scandalized when a woman is raped. The victim does not even have the freedom to suffer for herself; she has to bear the guilt of bringing both her families ‘ the one into which is married,and the one in which she is born ‘ into disrepute.

    Urmila takes a different tack, that of intimidating the attacker by reminding him of the horrible fate men who have desired other people’s wives have suffered. She first mentions the story of Indra. He desired sage Gautama’s wife Ahalya, and went to bed with her by taking on the appearance of her husband. The sage catches him redhanded, and curses him to wear a thousand vaginas on his body. Then comes, very interestingly, the story of Ravana who kidnapped Sita in the forest and in the end lost his kingdom and his life in a battle with Rama. One
    would, of course, wonder how Urmila could have known of these events?

    She is fast asleep when these events are
    taking place in the forest, right? This serious discrepancy does not seem to bother the poet. It is a good story, and
    a powerful weapon in the hands of a woman who seeks to ward off a rapist, too good to be left out for silly reasons
    of linear chronology. Then follow the usual pleas for sympathy. Doesn’t the rapist have a mother, and a sister?
    Would he wish that they suffer a similar tragedy?
    Let us remember that Urmila is still sleeping. Even in her sleep, she knows that she is vulnerable, an existential condition of women in general in this society. One would imagine that all her words were so well rehearsed in her
    subconscious that she can reel them off, even in her sleep.
    Now comes an even deeper layer of her subconscious.

    Lakshmana tries to tell her that he is her husband. But
    note closely, he never uses the word ‘husband’; this culture does not allow him to do so. He finds a circuitous
    route to identify himself, just like his wife does when she referred to him earlier in the song.

    He is Rama’s brother, Sita’s brother-in-law, Janaka’s son-in-law, and so on. What is totally mind-boggling is how Urmila responds.
    A devoted wife and a properly behaved daughter-in-law of a noble family, she totally trashes every family relationship.
    She has never heard of Rama, and does not know who on earth Janaka (her father) is, nor does she know Sita.

    How can one interpret this bizarre conversation? Let’s remind ourselves again that Urmila is talking in her sleep. Is this the real Urmila, who is free from the burdens of life as a wife, as well as the shackles of family, a
    woman free to speak for herself? Has she harbored deep resentment against all those who have kept her under the rules of proper family behaviour as a good daughter-in-law, deprived her of freedom and joy and made her utterly helpless? She is the lowest on the totem pole; her father has abandoned her, giving her in marriage to a young man
    who had no backbone to stand up for his or his wife’s interests. The big man Rama did not even care to know if she exists or not. Sita, her senior in the hierarchy of palace women, who has negotiated and won her own freedom to follow her husband to the forest, did not give a second thought to Urmila, her own sister. She could have advised Rama not to stop Urmila from following her husband to the forest. Clearly, everyone in the family has left her for dead. Urmila is painfully aware of the cruel politics of a family that pretends that all is well. She has every
    reason to be resentful against them. It is only under the veil of deep sleep, however, that she is able to give expression to her repressed anger, which she would never be able to do when she is awake and obligated to
    behave properly. It is common knowledge in India that women give vent to their anger against the senior and respected members of the family in states of hysteria, when they are possessed, or when they are ,REFER POEM
    Urmila devi nidra

  12. Aman

    Poem : The Other Raghava: Lakshman and Urmila

    By Krishnarasa Seshadri
    It was this very day,
    Five summers ago’
    The accursed boon was granted,
    And many a heart was broken!
    Fourteen years they must live
    Away from home; Fourteen years he must,
    Away from me!
    Oh, this is the blessed kingdom
    Of the Sun, but its Sun has been shunned away
    To the forests, and away, away went my Moon
    With the Sun,
    Whence he came.
    Yes, away went Ram,
    Renouncing a Sceptre, a Kingdom, a Title-
    Not his Love!
    But went my Lakshman,
    Renouncing me,
    To serve his lotus feet!
    His parting words were these:
    [They were a knell to my feminine ear,
    But pride to the better self I possess-
    The part that is Lakshman himself.]
    ‘I go with Ram,
    For he’s par with my Sire- nay,
    Greater, much, much greater.
    He is my king,
    My soul,
    My god,
    The object whence I came!!’
    He stood in a hermit’s habit,
    But with the wrath of the prince he was,
    That wrath unique to him, yet which was love itself-
    The wrath at the injustice to Ram.
    His livid eyes then sheathed,
    Its anger extinguished by my tears!
    Then I knew’.
    The heart that enshrined Ram,
    Held an altar for me too’.
    Oh, and he left, he left with Ram,
    His Sire,
    His Soul,
    His God,
    The object whence he came”

    *

    Without a word, she let me go,
    To discharge my blood’s duty.
    Oh, she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *
    she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *
    she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *
    she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *
    she forewent her love,
    To let mine be proven,
    Yet she proved her’s- her love for me.
    Oh her duties to me can wait
    But, not mine to Ram:
    At birth, he had his mothers,
    And at every breath of his span,
    He would, his Sita;
    At home, to share him away
    Were Bharath and Chatrugn,
    And the denizens and citizens of Saketh!
    With King Dasharatha to adore,
    With Mandira to despise…
    Oh, a whole life-time would have thus passed…
    But, now it’s Lakshman’s turn,
    With Lakshman alone
    To shoulder his burden,
    To bend to his kingly command,
    To support, to guard, to serve…
    This, the purpose, the object of my life,
    And this Urmila would not know…
    The sun has set,
    Another aeon gone by!
    She’d have wept her eyes to sleep-
    Let her sleep,
    Sleep, her only oblivion,
    Sleep, I have renounced
    To embellish my wakeful hours,
    With sweeter memories…
    *

  13. Aman

    There were times I envied Ram,
    To be loved so dear by mine own Lakshman-
    That’s gone now’
    No, but its Lakshman I envy,
    His heart I envy,
    To love for love’s sake,
    To relinquish his own everything for those he loves-
    And tho’ it’s not an object worth measuring,
    His gathers a momentous greatness,
    A greatness surpassing
    Nature and the worlds-
    Why, his own Ram’..
    Five summers am I older
    To the day I last saw her,
    But I feel no pain, no separation.
    For she lives here in spirit,
    An inherence in me’
    Oh, and there’s Ram- bless him-
    The world begins and ends in him!
    In his words, I hear her kindness,
    My mother’s in Sita’s’.
    Urmila, Love, Time’s plough
    Has dug an abyss,
    Now filled with memories,
    Our memories and your tears-
    I’ll be there soon,
    To wipe them away.
    But just now
    Its light- fingered contempt
    To stem the flow- for they are icons
    Of love- pouring forth from
    Your beautiful eyes!
    True, Sita’s felicity is for Ram,
    But your tears are for me’

    *

    This castle echoes
    My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no more’..

    *

    Yet, My plaintive mood:
    They are bereft of a king!
    Oh, and my Queens!
    Their state makes mine a trifle-
    A paltry span of loss!!
    They’ve lost their King forever,
    And the wild has borrowed
    Their heirs, away for fourteen summers!!
    Bharath has renounced
    His stately attire;
    He reigns, in the name of Ram,
    A pestilence-stricken people!
    And Chatrugn,
    The scion, has forgotten to smile;
    And my sisters’.
    Our own Ayodhya’.
    Oh, there were happier times’.
    Oh, Lakshman, brother Ram!
    Charge your arrows
    To speed the spheres-
    Time, indeed, is lame-footed.
    I can bear this no moRE

  14. Aman

    Yet, you must, Love,
    You must bear it all- and
    You will!
    My shoulders are bruised,
    This bow-string unkindly cuts into them;
    Oh, this is no Ayodhya;
    This way side rill that impeded my path
    Is not my Sarayu;
    Mother Nature is no Mother Sumitra!
    And not one object here can ever replace
    You to me, my Urmila!
    These forest floors are not
    Your soft lap to rest my head;
    These winds bring me none
    Of your warmth.
    Yet for Ram,
    I would weather the Underworld!
    For me, Love, weather
    Time’s slow-footed lameness!
    Honour me, Urmila,
    With your patience!
    Could not I have
    Borne you across this perilous wild?
    Do not mine arms
    Possess that strength?
    But I grant that your heart,
    Your meekest, tenderest heart,
    Were stronger than mine arms-even me!
    [For I remember,
    And will always do,
    It won me, my pride and all]
    I know it can bear
    Undauntedly, a bereavement of a lifetime,
    And fourteen summers?
    Tell me, Love, am I not worth the wait??
    “The hour of return is nigh…
    It’d soon be dawn,
    And all would dawn
    For this empire, this people, and me!
    This new sun I await.
    He would bring me my moon…..
    Fourteen summers has it been!
    Fourteen summers- oh no, a lifetime has ended
    In weary waiting and hapless tears!
    But its end is here, so also a new beginning……..
    Have I grown? Have I diminished?
    I do not know. He will have to tell me,
    For I merely groped, groped within time-
    Within the dark, unkind labyrinthine walls of time….
    But, now the dearest hour of return is nigh!
    The thousand eyes of the night stare
    In quiet pursuit
    Of his, of their advancing toward the forlorn Saketh.
    Yes, the Sun would see the journeys end-
    My agony’s end!
    Yet, where is the Sun-
    The lone eye of the day?
    Sleep no more Sun!
    Yoke thine steeds of the steep heaven
    And tread the yon east! ”
    So spake Urmila,
    Unto the night.
    She stood, alone and concealed,
    In the highest tower of the heaven-like castle.
    Her beautiful eyes,
    Those that he so adored,
    Darted between the east and the west:
    East would bring her the sun,
    And the dear west, her own Moon!
    Beneath her lay a quiet Saketh,
    A sea of people, waiting weary
    To witness the beginning of a new era,
    The birth of a new kingship,
    The sway of a new, noble sceptre-
    The long awaited reign of Ram….
    Not a soul breathed,
    Batted nor an eye-lid!
    Only silence and hope,
    The silent hope and hopeful silence reigned….

    The long hours stretched,
    Stretched harshly into an immeasurable length,
    As though the world were still,
    As though the gods above willed her
    To grieve more, to bear more….
    T’was agony,
    Triple fold at its end…
    Tears, her only friend for years now
    Welled up from the bowels of her heart!
    She closed her eyes,
    Willing them repressed.
    No, this was no moment to weep,
    It was his return,
    The end of this cruel penance!
    With a prayer,
    A resurgence of forbearance
    Her eyes opened:
    And caught in them,
    The streak of light in the yonder East:
    A gilded diadem
    Embellishing the dark, dark space…
    Then Dawn,
    The glorious, kind old Dawn
    Seeped through the dark entirety.
    A morning was blanketed
    Over a diminishing night…..

    In awe, she stood,
    Above the meditating Saketh,
    Above the golden rim of the mounting Sun,
    Above all joy, above all sorrow…
    The moment,
    The long-awaited moment of reunion
    Was closing in….
    Then, a sacred, sacred throb
    On the high left temple told her:
    He was home.
    BANGANGA: MUMBAI
    The sacred waters of the Banganga Tank in Mumbai are a vivid representation of the paradox of traditional life coexisting with unbridled modernization. The temple complex of Banganga is overlooked by many tourists, but is one of Mumbai’s holiest sites and the oldest surviving structure in the city.
    According to local legend, it sprang forth when the Hindu god Ram, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana, stopped at the spot five thousand years ago in search of his kidnapped wife Sita…As the legend goes, overcome with fatigue and thirst, Rama asked his brotherLakshmana to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the ground, creating a tributary of the Ganges, which flows over a thousand miles away, hence its name, Banganga, the Ganga created on a baan(arrow)…
    source wikipedia…adjacent to is walkeshwar temple dedicated to lord shiva…According to legend, the Hindu god Ram paused at this spot on his way from Ayodhya to Lanka in pursuit of the demon Ravana who had kidnapped his wife, Sita. He constructed a lingam (phallus representing Shiva) made of sand, after having tired of waiting for his brother, Lakshman to bring a lingam for puja (worship). The name is derived from the Sanskrit name for an idol made of sand – Valuka Iswar.
    Ashoka Vatika was a garden in Lanka, the Kingdom of demon king, Ravana, as mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and Hindu epic.
    It was the location, where Sita, the wife of Rama was held captive by Ravana, after her abduction, also because she refused to stay in Ravana’s palace, and preferred to stay under the Ashoka tree, hence the name. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari came to meet her and also where Hanuman met her for the first time, and identified himself with the finger ring of Rama.
    Sita stayed at Ashok Vatika, till the end of the epic battle between Rama and Ravana, which resulted in the destruction of Ravana himself and most of this clan. Much of the Ashoka Vatika was destroyed by Hanuman, when he first visited Lanka, searching for Sita. Also destroyed was the Pramda Van at the centre of the Ashok Vatika.
    This area is known as Seetha Eliya, close to the resort city of Nuwara Eliya (1950 meter above the sea level).
    Its present location is believed to be the Hakgala Botnical Garden, the area is known as Seetha Eliya, close to the resort city of Nuwara Eliya. The Garden is situated at the base of the Hakgala Rock forms, has Sita Pokuna, a barren area atop the Hakgala Rock Jungle, where Sita was supposedly held captive, the ‘Sita Amman Temple’ is located here. Other connected site is a spot where Sita bathed in a stream at Sita Eliya, called Sita Jharna. The site has attracted media interest owing to its connection with Hindu mythology, in the recent years.
    Seetha Amman Temple

    Legend: A temple for Lord Rama, Seetha Devi, Lakshman and Hanuman built on the sides of the stream where Seetha Devi baTHED.One of the most interesting points of this site is the large footprint by the stream / rocks beside the temple. Hanuman saved Sita from Ravana, and he was known for his strength and immense powers – transforming himself into any size, something that is believed to have taken place by this stream. The huge hole in the ground is known to be the footprint of none other than Hanuman Himself, imprinted during the battle to save the Lordess Sita.
    Lord Laxman or Lakshaman is the younger brother of Lord Rama. His performance of duties as a younger brother is that of sacrifice and great personality. Such type of duties is particularly hard to do in unfavorable conditions. While comparing to Lard Rama, Laxman is shot tempered. It is also believed that Laxman is an important element of Mariyada Purushottama; by presenting a big guts and presence of mind when Rama becomes distressed, angry and worried over the loss of Sita. Lord. According to the Hindu mythology Lord Laxman is worshipped as an avatar of Shesha. In many difficult situations Laxman had displayed a matured behavior and calmed Lord Rama. The life of Lord Laxmana’s is a symbol of duties performed by a man towards his elder’s brother and also depicts the nature of selflessness in a man’s character.
    Laxman is also known for slaying 3 of Ravana’s sons the mighty warriors Prahast, Atikay and Indrajit all 3 of whom were renowned warriors in their own right especially Indrajit Who had won renowned fame for his battle prowess. He is the only man to have survived the attack of The “Shakti Spear” thrown By Indra.
    When Lord Vishnu was asked by devarishi Narad as to why the Lord was not disturbed by the fact that Laxman had been Gravely injured by Indrajit. at that time Lord Shiva answers the sage by saying that Shesha had the power to imbibe both Halal(poison) and Amrita(nectar) and as such could not be affected by the Shakti spear, but because the shakti spear was given to Indrajit after Pleasing Mata Shakti with his penance, So out of respect for Mata Shakti Laxman accepted the attack of the “shakt spear” on his chest.
    The city of Lucknow was reportedly the ancient capital of Lakshmana and known as Lakshmanapura.
    It is said that reading the Ramayana brings auspiciousness to those who read it. This is seen in the case of the characters in the Ramayana. Every time any of them is in trouble and recounts the story of Rama, the troubles vanish, V.S. Karunakarachariar said.
    Take the case of the monkeys which go in the southern direction in search of Sita. They come to a cave, where, with permission from the lady in charge, they eat of the plenty that is available there. They are then escorted by her out of the cave. However, the monkeys have come out of the cave just as the winter sets in. That means that the time limit set for them by Sugriva is over. Sugriva had warned them that if they did not return in the stipulated time, death awaited them.
    Angada then suggests that the monkeys not go back at all, but make their lives in the place to which they have now come. But there is the question of how they will find food. Angada suggests that they go back into the cave. But Hanuman asks pertinently whether the arrows of Lakshmana will not reach them inside the cave. So Angada decides to fast to death, and the other monkeys decide to follow suit.
    But even as he fasts, Angada thinks about the cause for their plight. Why did this have to happen to them? If Kaikeyi had not been granted any boon by Dasaratha, they would not be in such a situation, laments Angada. If Jatayu had not been killed, then Sita would have been saved, and then the monkeys would not have had to look for Her. At least if Jatayu had died after giving all details to Rama, the Lord would have gone after Ravana at once, without sending monkeys in four directions to look for Her.
    Thus, even as the monkeys bemoan their fate, Angada details the events in Rama’s and Sita’s lives. So in a nutshell Angada narrates the Ramayana. As Rama’s story is told in bits and pieces by Angada,
    Sampaati, brother of Jatayu, who overhears Angada, gives the monkeys details of where Sita is. Thus, the monkeys get the information they want, thanks to the story of Rama being narrated, albeit in parts. Thus, the Ramayana, if read, narrated or heard, saves us from danger, and this is evident in the case of the monkeys.
    urmila devi had asked for the boon tht lakshmanji forget about her so tht he could concentrate on lord rama and sitaji wen ramji returned to ayodhya lakshmanji was still in his service as he didnt remember urmila his wife coz of the boon…urmila devi too didnt came to meet lakshmanji as she knew it was futile attempt as she herself had asked for the boon so she remained in her chamber and everyone else forgot about urmila they were too engaged in celebrating lord rama’s return to ayodhya nidra devi who was watching the whole incident grew impateint and she came to ayodha and met lord rama…lord rama welcomed her and asked the purpose of her visit she explained the whole situation tht how she has made lord lakshmana forgot about urmila and now he doesnt remember his wife lord rama smiled and said dont worry he will make him remind of urmila and then lord rama and sitaji told lakshman about urmila…lakshman remembered urmila and taking lord rama’s permission he went in her chamber urmila was in deep slumber may be she was distressed and she was exhausted…lakshmana entered her chamber and he was taken aback by urmila’s beauty she was like a bud wen he left her and now she blossomed into the most beautiful flower her beauty was enchanting as rambha and menaka (the most beautiful woman on earth) her skin as white as moon her hands as delicate as cloud…her pristine face captivated him… he was stunned to see her and was looking at her beauty as the cakora bird looks at the moon and he smiled sheepishly and quitely started walking away meawhile urmila’s woke up and she saw someone in her chamber since lakshman was walking away she couldnt recognize him and she grew angry and put pallu in her head (in ancient times woman use to do parda from the outsiders) she warned him saying how dare he entered the chamber without her permission and if her husband came to know this he will punish him…lakshmanji who was facing her back said in playful manner but y the beauty like u are waiting for the person who left u long ago this person doesnt deserve u at all …laskhman voice in these 14 years had changed quite a bit morever his physique were more defined now…so urmila failed to recognize him …she grew extremely angry and yelled tht she cant take one more word against her husband and said whoever he is he has to face her wrath he shouldnt undermine her capability her stritiva she said she is sister of sita who had capacity to burn entire lanka…she is wife of lord shesha avtaar and with her mere look she could burn him to ashes..she asked him tell her about his whereabouts…laskhmana then introduced himself knowing it she immediately fall on his feet and asked for forgiveness he then embraced her…Also one more…Lakshman was said to be the alter ego of Lord Rama meaning same equal alternative self!Embarrassed

    Ram and Sita considered Lakshman as their own child as he served them like their very own son!

    He is popularly called as RamSita ke Dulare.
    Lakshmana is lkmano aksmi sampanna or lakmi asya astti lakmaa Lakshmana is the favoured flourisher. The wealth of selfless dedication is in him, hence Lakshmana. One who is endowed with favoured dedication, kainkarya lakshana lakshita Lakshmana is a hearty dedication to Rama and he always wishes to reside by the side of his brother.
    Rama is admittedly a champion of riding elephants and horses, also in tactical charioting, and he rejoices in the art of archery, and absorbed in the obedient service of his father. Right from childhood Lakshmana, the enhancer of prosperity, is always amiable towards his world-charming elder brother Rama.
    Lakshmana who is endowed with the wealth of dedication dedicated himself to Rama with bodily service, and while performing all agreeable deeds in respect of Rama, he behaved like Rama’s alter ego. That best one among the men Rama does not get his sleep without Lakshmana and he would not eat food brought for him, however delicious it may be, without Lakshmana. Whenever Raghava mounts a horse and goes on a hunting game Lakshmana rushes after him wielding his bow as a squire.

    Once Vikramaditya asked which is the best sloka in Ramayana (ramcharitmanas )and offered a reward of 1000 gold coins. Vararuchi was a great Sanskrit scholar in the court of Vikramaditya. He tried to find the best sloka by discussing with many learned pandits. But could not arrive at a conclusion. One day while sleeping below a tree 2 Pishas (spirits) settled on the tree and were talking. As Vararuchi knew their language he was able to follow their conversation. They said as follows.
    1st. Pishas: Where have you been?
    2nd. Pishas: There was a birth of baby in a pariah’s (one outside the four castes – a very low caste) house. I had a good feed of the offal’s.
    1st. Pishas: What child?
    2nd. Pishas: A female one. I also read the fate of the child written on her head
    1st. Pishas: Whom will she marry?
    2nd. Pishas: The one below the tree who does not know the MAMVIDHI will marry her.
    Hearing this Vararuchi was shocked but also happy that he got the answer. He immediately went to the King and recited the sloka in Ayodyakanda 40th Sarga
    raman dashratham vidhi maam vidhi janak aatamjaam
    ayodhyaam asthaveem vishi gacch taath yatha sukham

    it is one tht sumitra said to lakshman wen he took her permission to accompany lord rama…
    It has 3 meanings as follows.
    Meaning 1:”Know Rama to be Dasaratha. Look upon Seetha the daughter of Janaka as myself. Consider the forest as Ayodhya and depart happily, my son!”
    Meaning 2: Know Rama is one with 10 avtharas (Vishnu) Know Seetha as Lakshmi (Mam) and Know Forest as Ayodya (Un conquerable-Vaikunta) and depart happily
    Meaning 3: Consider Dasaratha as Dead, consider me as departed to my maternal home (as widow), and forget Ayodya and depart happily.the deeper meaning is if the mind is dwelled on almighty the desert appears as fertile land the barren lands are like heaven and if mind is deprived of lord’s love even the luxuries and pleasure of the world cant make one happy and content…his life is purposeless Embarrassed

    varachui went to vikaramaditya and recited this sholka vikramaditya became impressed and gifted him 1000 coins Vararuchi also asked king to kill the parchi child as it may bring kingdom under threat. The fate cheats him and he marries her thinking she is Brahmin….Embarrassed
    http://mghariharan.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/best-sloka-in-ramayana/

    When Lakshman was hit by Meghnaad’s Shakti and became unconscious, Hanumaan went to bring Sanjeevanee herb from Himaalaya for his treatment. After he had left, Raam wails for Lakshman saying “Nij Jananee ke Ek Kumaaraa, Taat Taasu Tumh Praan Adhaaraa”
    [Lankaa Kaand, after Dohaa No 60]
    Sumitraa had twins – Lakshman and Shatrughn then why Raam should say that?
    Its answer has already been provided by Tulasee Daas Jee himself there only. Immediately after the couplet quoted above, we find the following couplets – Meaning: “Umaa, (continues Lord Shiv), the Lord of the Raghu is one (without a second) and indivisible; He exhibited the ways of human being only because He is so compassionate to His devotees! The host of monkeys that surrounded the Lord were distressed to hear the Lord’s frantic wailings. Presently arrived Hanumaan like a heroic strain in the midst of pathos!”
    So Shiv Jee and Tulasee Daas Jee have themselves termed these wailings of the Lord as frantic. Which means that the emotions of the Lord at that fateful moment amidst the gruesome battleground of Lankaa, when such a beloved brother as Lakshman is lying unconscious in the jaws of death, the same Lakshman who is Raam’s very life-breath moving outside, should not be measured on the scale of truthfulness and propriety etc.
    No one else in this world is dearer to Raam than Lakshman, not even Seetaa, this is very much evident from the uttering of the Lord here. Also in Vaalmeeki Raamaayan, even Seetaa was aware of this fact, which She also told to Hanumaan – “Lakshman, the beloved brother of Raam is ever dearer to that prince (Raam) than I (Seetaa)”
    If you say that Lord has mentioned Aanjaneya as “You are twice as dear to me as is Lakshman”, then it is to be taken in the same sense as when someone says “You are dearer to me than my life” …thus Hanumaan is twice dearer to Raam, but we must not forget that Lakshman is still the very life-breath of Raam. This also shows the level of oneness with Lakshman that Raam has; He could frankly say this to Hanumaan in front of Lakshman himself, without least bothering about him, this proves indeed that Lakshman is Raam’s alter-ego. Life-breath stays with us silently; even if we consider someone greater than it then also it doesn’t leave of us.
    Although we, with our tiny intellect can never compare the two Param Bhakt of Raam, Bharat and Lakshman, but still this is a fact that ..Raam could bear and survive many days in separation from His beloved Jaanakee; and He could even survive the separation from His dearest brother Bharat for 14 years; but anytime when the question of separation from His life-breath Lakshman arose, He could not just imagine His existence without him even for a day. He is ready to give His life when He beholds Lakshman lying unconscious and also later on in Vaalmeeki Raamaayan, Uttar Kaand also when He had to exile Lakshman, He at once decides to leave this Prithvi for His divine abode.
    So if such a Lakshman is lying unconscious in front of Him, then can we expect Him to speak a well measured out speech? This words spoken in lamentation are an attestation to His most piteous state at that moment… it just shows the sorrowful state of His mind!
    In Vaalmeeki Raamaayan also Lord’s pathos is such that He mentions – Meaning: Wives may be found everywhere and kinsmen too can be had everywhere, I, however, see no place where a uterine (real) brother could be had.
    [Vaalmeeki Raamaayan 6:101-15]
    Here Lord addresses His brother Lakshman as Sahodar, but that only goes to show His intense attachment and love for him. It was only proper and befitting to weep for the brother who was prepared to abandon everything and even to die and undergo all sorts of sufferings but by showing the limit of grief on this occasion the compassionate Lord showed to us mortals, how the brotherly affection should be like!

    LakshmaNa – the baalya sakha
    LakshmaNa – the companion
    LakshmaNa – the husband of Urmila
    LakshmaNa – the Assistant Administrator
    LakshmaNa – the angry young brother
    LakshmaNa – the boat builder
    LakshmaNa – the engineer
    LakshmaNa – the chef
    LakshmaNa – the scavenge
    LakshmaNa – the ambassador or envoy or commissioner
    LakshmaNa – the Security Officer or Security guard
    LakshmaNa – the Warrior
    LakshmaNa – the Minister or counselor or advisor and
    LakshmaNa – the arduous servant
    Ushnagundam: To the southwest of Badrachalam Andhra pradesh, there is a spot known as Ushnagundam (the hot pool) right in the bed of the Godavari. The spot is surrounded on all sides by the cool flowing current of the river when the sand is removed, hot water springs out These hot springs in the bed of the river expands about 100 square yards and if a pit is dug at any spot in that area produces hot water.
    The Ramayana records this to be a site visited by Sita, Rama and Lakshman’..lakshman fetched the water for seethe devi to bathe in.
    one tales suggests Lakshman here shot an arrow and the hot water fsprouted for Sita to bathe in.
    The Brahmanda Puranam says these hot springs formed as a result of the celestial fire offered by the divine serpent “Adi Sesha”””
    as per the other legend lakshmana assumed the form of adi shesha and the fire offered by him made the water hot ””
    balchandran is the place where lord rama spent 11 years of the exile as per the popular belief…it is the place where sitamaa was abducted by ravana (local legend) there is a temple dedicated to lord rama sitaji and lord lakshman…Lakhaniya Dari – A breathtaking water fall near the ancient city, Varanasi. This is among those very few water falls where person are the bottom and the water falls on them This fact increases the excitement hundred times. . The small drops of water carried by air touches the face and looks breathtakingly beautiful as the name suggests this place is named after lakshmana who sat on the rock here to guard ram and sitaji…as per the legend the waterfall was formed as river ganga bow down to lord rama and lord lakshmana here…other tales states tht lakshmana was guarding ramji and sitaji in scorching summers… river ganga who is mother by nature grew impateint and formed the waterfall and the small drops of water fell on lakshmana…hence the name lakhaniya dari
    The anger described as regards Lord Lakshman, Lord Ram’s brother was more a symbol of his intolerance against injustice, untruth etc. Lord Lakshman, being a complete Brahmachari and very spiritually enlightened was above the lower traits such as Kama or Krodha. In mythology where instances of his anger are described, it is to be known that the word anger is used to denote his fiery power against ‘Adharma’ and not the ordinary anger Krodha.In ramcharitmanas its written tht supernakha was enchanted with lord rama beauty and on lord rama insistance she saw laskhmana and then she went to lure him…here is the twisted version ( ramkatha vahini by satya sai baba) in this version its mention tht supernakha was actually bewitched by lakshmana and her prime focus was lakshmanji…Embarrassed few excerpts…
    One day, Lakshmana eyes fell on a tiny sapling of lime, struggling upwards under the shade of a huge tree. He desired to plant it nearer the cottage and help it grow vigorously under his care; so, he was digging it up by the roots with intense love and attention, when the wicked and vicious sister of Ravana, Surpanakha by name, rushed into the scene!
    As soon as her eyes fell on Lakshmana, she was allured by the halo of goodness and the splendour that illumined his body. She was struck dumb at the unexpected vision. She suddenly transformed herself into a charmingly pretty damsel and approached Lakshmana with amorous gestures. But, Lakshmana paid no heed; he continued his task, unaffected by the apparition. Surpanakha could not bear inattention any longer. She came close to him and in a pathetic voice, she appealed, “Lord! Why are you plunging me into despair? Cool my unbearable ardour; cast on me your loving happiness-conferring eye.” Lakshmana did not react to her call; he heard her words, but he only smiled within himself at her audacity; he continued with his attempt to pluck the plant safely from the shade. Surpanakha lost patience; she prepared to draw him to herself. But, Lakshmana drew back, saying, “Mother! I am the bondslave of Sri Rama. I am not a free man; whatever I do, however small a job it may be, is done only as He commands”, as a prelude to the advice he planned to give her. Hearing his words and curious to know with whom he was talking, Sita and Rama came out of the cottage into the garden. Rama noticed Surpanakha and recognised that she had changed into the damsel before him. He prepared himself for all eventualities. Meanwhile, Surpanakha pelted harsh abusive words at Lakshmana like, ‘coward’, and ‘villain’ and laughed loudly in scorn at his irresponsive behaviour. She had not noticed Rama, all her attention and anger were fixed on Lakshmana alone. She pleaded before him, “O Most Charming! Wed me and be happy. I can delight you and serve you most loyally.” Lakshmana tried to ward her off by saying, “Pretty woman! I am a slave; If I wed you, you will have to live as a slave”, and continuing the jocular retort, he said in fun, “Well. There is my master, Rama; if you wed him, I will be your slave.” Surpanakha took him at his word; she believed that it was good strategy. She turned to the cottage which Lakshmana had pointed to her; and, there, standing near the door, laughing together at her, she found a very beautiful woman and beside her, the embodiment of masculine charm!
    Surpanakha was smitten with passionate love; she ran forward to Rama and weeping out her distress, she prayed, “God of Love! God of Beauty! Accept me as yours.” Rama too decided to treat her to a homily and derive some fun out of the ludicrous situation before him. He said with a chuckle, “O Beauteous Woman! I cannot wed you, for, I am under the vow of monogamy. I have my wife here; my brother, Lakshmana there, has a wife, but, she is not here. So, wed him and derive fulfilment. He is the proper person for you; approach him.” At this, the woman hastened to where Lakshmana was and started her appeals once again. She said, “Your brother has agreed to the wedding; so, do not delay; accept me.” Her attitude now was very humble and gentle. Lakshmana grasped the absurdity of her plight and wanted to heighten the fun. He sent her to Rama and Rama sent her back to Lakshmana several times, until she grew so desperate, and blinded by passion, she relapsed into her demonic nature! Her crooked intelligence told her that it was Sita that stood in the way of her success in this adventure of lust; for, Rama could not wed her, since Sita was by His side. If she were removed, Rama would certainly yield to her solicitations. So, she fell upon Sita in order to kill her and swallow her; for, she was a demon to the core. At this, Lakshmana stood ready, watching the face of Rama for orders. Rama realised that the woman was far gone and she had to be stopped. Feeling that an axe need not be used when the nails are enough, He raised his hand up, and counted four on his fingers, looking at Lakshmana.
    Lakshmana immediately grasped the meaning of that command! Lakshmana rushed towards the demonic woman with his sword drawn; slashed off her ears and nose

    even in rajasthan its a popular belief tht supernakha was bewitched by lakshmana and she persuaded him to marry her after several unsucessful attempts she commits suicide and does tapas to marry lakshmana finally she gets the boon tht she will get the oppurtunity to be his wife in the next birth …accordingly lakshmana and supernakha are born again and in due course of time she gets the chance to marry him she completes three pheras with him and becomes his wife but before the other pheras could be completed lakshman had to leave her and he is killed in the battle he goes back to heaven and supernakha becomes the wife of lakshman but lakshman is not her husband Embarrassed

    not from valmiki ramayan

    The third canto of Ranganath Ramayan is Aranya Kanda which details the first phase of Rama’s exile in the forest. This canto ends with the hospitality given to Rama by Shabari.
    There are eight modifications to the theme of this cant of which one deserves careful attention. Ranganatha introduces Jambunatha, son of Shurpanakha. One day when Lakshman found a divine sword in the jungle, he held it and cut a bush to test its edge. He found that a sage who was meditating in the bush was beheaded by his stroke. When he repented, the other sages assembled there consoled him, saying that the sage was actually a demon in disguise; Lakshman need not repent for his deed.
    Surpanakha brings food for her son and finds him dead. She threatens the saints and they tell her that a person in saintly attire has killed her son. She follows the footsteps of Lakshman and finds the handsome Ram. Surpanakha was so bewitched by his charm that she forgot her sorrow and tried to seduce Ram. From here on the story follows the theme of Valmiki Ramayan.
    The story of Nidra devi granting boon to Lakshman and Urmila finds mention in Ranganath Ramayan.
    Though its unrelated to Lakshman, here are two incidents from Ranganath Ramayan

    1.The story of maid servant, announcing the arrival of two handsome princes in Mithila to Sita, Urmila and their mother is mentioned in Ranganath Ramayan.
    2. Another variation to theme is where Ranganath introduces Manthara, not as a jealous woman but as a maid-servant who wanted to take revenge on Ram for what he did to her in his childhood. This Non-Valmiki theme narrates an incident related to Ram and Manthara in his childhood. When Ram was playing a ball with a stick, Manthara throws the ball far away from Rama. In anger, Rama struck her on the knee and her knee broke. This incident is coveyed to Dasharath by Kaikeyi and hence the king thinks about the need for educating all his sons, so that they learn and become wise. Manthara by then had developed her antagonism towards Ram. Thjough this doesn’t feature in Valmiki ramayan, the incident sounds convincing about a child prank and insensitivity being a cause for resentment in Manthara who was always ignored and humiliated for her disfigurement, the exception being Kaikeyi , and hence the reason for Manthara doting on Kaikeyi and “her” son Bharat.
    Though usually very aggressive, Lakshman is supposed to have displayed immense patience at the time of need ‘ Bearing retorts from Mother Sita (for not responding to Lord Rama’s rescue calls), pacifying the Lord who had nearly vowed to bring an end to the world upon discovering his beloved’s abduction, bear testimony to the same. ILLUSIONARY SIta OR MAYA SiTA CAME OUT OF LAKSHMAN REKHA

    after ram’s victory shri ram ordered lakshmana to lit the fire. haumana couldn’t see Mother Sita would walk into the fire, after all that trouble. So he left that place. And Vibhisana also left that place. Laksmana was a thankless person all the time. He was always given the thankless jobs. So he went to Mother Sita and told her, “Please come, and go into the fire.” Sitadevi climbed into the fire. She was sitting on the fire and the fire was glowing. Nothing happened to her. That’s all there in Ramayana. But something did happen. What happened was that Agni came there and brought the original Sita. Sita was actually never in Sri Lanka. This was a big scandal. This scandal was arranged by Laksmana. When Marica got the arrow of Ramacandra in his heart, he shouted, “Oh Laksmana! Oh Sitadevi!” Sitadevi told Laksmana, “Your brother is in trouble! You must go and save Him!” Laksmana was smiling. Sita said, “What kind of a demoniac person are you? How can you smile and laugh when your brother is getting killed by the demons?” Laksmana said, “What problem is there? When people get a problem they chant Rama’s name. How can He have problem? Anyone who is afraid of an enemy, they chant Rama’s name and they get protected. How can He have any enemy? He is protecting everyone in this world. How can he have a problem?” Sitadevi said, “Now I know your plan! You always wanted to have me as your wife. Now that Rama will be dead you will be happy.” Laksmana closed his ears.

    “Oh no! What is this?” Then she said, “If not, then you must go now.” So he said, “All right, I will go.” But then he thought, “I’m not just going to leave like this.” So he took his Agni astra, the astra of fire, and he drew a line in front of the ashrama. He said, “You be beyond this line. Don’t cross this line.” he closed his eyes and asked agni dev to protect sita and took her under his protection if something happens to her So then Ravana came as a sannyasi, and he was trying to first enter the house. When he came, he touched the line and the fire came, and he couldn’t go in. Then he called, “Is there anyone in the house?” Sita devi came, and Ravana asked, “Whose house is this?” Sita said, “This is the son of Dasaratha’s house. He is in exile. Nobody who comes to this house goes without getting something. So I wll give you something.” Then she brought some fruits. Ravana said, “I don’t enter houses. I am a naisthika sannyasa. You have to come outside and bring it to me.” She said, “I have been told by my protectors not to cross this line.” He said, “All right, I won’t take. I’m going, and I’m angry.” She said, “No, no, don’t go angry.” He said, “Yes, all these Dasaratha and Rama, they are all just misers. They don’t give any charity. I’m going, and I’ll tell everyone, ‘This is Rama’.” So Sitadevi thought, “Oh, this is very bad. I have to protect the name of my husband.” So she crossed the line. When she crossed the line, the fire came again and Agni took her to his palace. He produced a Sita who was illusory, and that was the Sita Ravana took.

    during the forest exile ram sitaji and lakshmanji decided to halt at ramchandrapuram a place near pondicherry…rama aksed lakshmana to build the cottage…accordingly lakshmana went in the forest…in the forest lakshmana was collecting dry woods uanware about a girl who was looking at him..from a distance the girl was illa (illa means extremely beautiful) a daughter in law of sage kavyadarsha she was virgin widow of prabanda the son of sage kavyadarsha also known as bhavita she spotted lakshmana and immediately fell for him slowly she came and embraced lakshmana from behind and asked him to make her his wife…lakshmana was preplexed and suprised he asked her to stay away but girl didnt budge…lakshmana struggled hard to free himself… in the struggle the girl fell on the river godavari and the crocodile who was waiting there caught her legs in its jaws
    at first lakshmana thought to let go but his kind and merciful heart did not allow him to do so he killed the crocodile and saved the girl immediately illa fell on the feet of lakshmana the girl apologized and weeped
    here lakshmana thought to immolate himself as he thought his body was contaminated by the evil touch of lustful woman
    there came sage kavyadarsha father in law in search for her and said to “lakshmana dont take such drastic actionsthe fault lies in the girl i will burnt her alive” lakshmana was kind hearted he pleaded mercy for the girl
    then sage kavyadarsha made him sit on the ground the with his occult power poured divine water on lakshmana to remove the dust of the girl’s dusty desires and the river formed there known as laskhmana ganga this is independant stream tht flows into godavari before merging in the sea and whoever drinks the water from this stream is purified in mind and thought

    The sermons tht lakshmana gave to nishadraj is known as lakshmana gita…and one who listens lakshmana gita gets purified in thoughts spirit and mind and gets the blessing of lord rama and lord lakshmana …

    it is the gita expounded by lakshmana – implying the similarity of its message to tht delivered by krishna to arjun in mahabharat

    (by devotees).[10]…Lakshman Gita from Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas

    here are 9 teachings and principles which are as follows
    Ni?adaraja Guha said that Kaikeyi became the axe for the tree-like lineage of Sun. Her bad thoughts caused unhappiness for the whole world. Ni?adaraja Guha thus became very sorrowful on watching Rama and Sita asleep on the ground.[1]
    Lak?ma?a said in very polite and soft voice, which was full of the nectars of knowledge, dispassion, and devotion towards the Lord. O Brother! No one causes the unhappiness or happiness of someone else. Everyone goes through the fruits of own deeds.[2]
    Union and separation, enjoyment in good times, honesty or trickery, favorable or un-favorable or neutral times, etc. are all noose of delusion. Where birth and death are parts of the world&8217;s web, and which is marked by wealth, ill fate, deeds and time (contd).[3]
    Where property, mansion, wealth, city and family or heaven and hell are integral part of daily routine ‘ observe (by eyes), listen (from seers), and deduce in mind that the root cause of attachment (me and mine) is not the eternal truth.[4]
    Just like in a dream, a beggar can become a king or a pauper can become the king of heavens ‘ but on waking up there is no benefit or loss, similarly you must look upon the world in your mind.[5]
    Having thought thus, please do not be angry on anyone and do not blame the events on anyone in vain. This is the (deep dark) night of attachment and everyone is sleeping in it. Everyone is watching (his or her) dreams of various types in this night.[6]
    In this dark night of delusion, the Yogi remains awake. He (or she) is in the quest of ultimate truth and he is detached from the mundane existence. A jiva (being) can be considered as awake when there is spontaneous dispassion from all the items of luxury and sensory perception.[7]
    When the jiva gets awake, then wisdom surfaces and the illusion of attachment is dispelled away. And then supreme devotion in the feet of Raghunatha is manifested. O friend Ni?adaraja! This is the supreme truth in this world ‘ by mind, deeds, and speech one should have love for the feet of Rama.[8]
    Rama is (no one else but) Brahman, Who is in the real form of supreme reality. Rama is inexplicable, untargettable, without a beginning, and without a duplicate. Rama is free from various ill-manifestations (seen due to sensory world), and Rama is without a second. The Veda describe Rama as (only) eternal and inexplicable.[9]
    The benevolent Rama has taken the form of a human and performing action for the benefit of devotees, the Earth, the Brahman (knowledge-seekers), and the cows. On hearing His stories, the net of metempsychosis can be erased (by devotees).10
    What would a man hold the most important and dearer than his or her own life? The answer would differ from person to person. Ask Rama. He would come up with just only one answer. ‘My word.’ The promise that I made; the assurance that I gave and the abhaya that I offered. And that is what he says to Sita in Aranya Kanda when the latter questions him about the wisdom of wielding the bow high in the jungle, when he had come there to lead the life of a sage. “And having heard this speech I promised complete protection to the sages living in the Dandaka forest O daughter of Janaka! And having made a promise, I dare not as long as I am alive falsify the word given to the sages. For, truth is always dear to me. I can even give up my life or you together with Lakshmana, but not my plighted word given especially to the Brhmanas.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kanda, Canto X, Sloka 18, 19)
    ‘I may abandon Lakshmana, I may abandon you and I may abandon my very life; but not the word that I have given,’ is what Rama would say. For him Truth was above all and next came Lakshmana and next came Sita. His priority number two was Lakshmana who was dearer to him than Sita herself. Thrice in the Yuddha Kanda we see Rama making this very clear in so many words and so many Slokas. The first occasion was when Lakshmana was bound by the naga-astra of Indrajit.
    “What purpose of mine on earth will be accomplished through Sita, if recovered, or (even) through my life (if preserved) when I perceive my (younger half-) brother (Lakshmana) lying utterly vanquished in combat today? A consort on a part with Sita can be found in this world of mortals by me if I were to look for her. But a helpful and warlike brother like Lakshmana cannot be had.” (Ibid, Yuddha Kanda, Canto XLIX, Sloka 5, 6)
    Then when Lakshmana lies unconscious in the battlefield, stuck by ‘sakti’ of Ravana, we find Rama lamenting again. ‘I would follow you to the portals of Death, even as you followed me to the forest when I started on my exile,’ he wails. “Alas! Lakshmana, who always loved his kinsfolk (like me) and was ever devoted to me, has been led to this pass by the ogres, who are given to treacherous warfare. Wives may be found everywhere and kinsmen (too) can be had everywhere. I, however, see no place where a uterine (real) brother could be had.” (Ibid, Canto CI, Sloka 14, 15)
    There is yet another occasion where Rama makes a similar statement but it is more than sufficient now to see whom he held high. It is not that Sita was not aware of this. She was fully and completely aware of where she stood in the heart of Rama in relation to Lakshmana. She herself states this in the Sundara Kanda. We will go into that and listen to what Sita has to say of Lakshmana, before we start our discussions on this devoted, loyal, valiant, resourceful, supportive, extremely intelligent younger brother who was the very staff of life for Rama throughout the Aranya Kanda after Sita was found missing.
    There is one important difference between the love that Rama had for Lakshmana and that the latter had for Rama. We will go into the question more fully.

    Sita herself says, ‘You don’t know! Lakshmana is dearer to my husband than I am.’ Women know this by instinct’
    ‘Rama has been his father and I, his mother,’ says Sita of Lakshmana in the Sundara Kanda, when Hanuman takes leave of her, taking her message back to Rama and Lakshmana. She beautifully captures the chief qualities of Lakshmana in a few words at that time.
    “Inquiries concerning welfare should be addressed on my behalf and in my name to Lakshmana, that heroic and powerful (younger) brother of Sri Rama, who, having renounced garlands and all kinds of jewels’because of whom Sumitra has earned the title of a blessed mother’ who behaves towards Sri Rama as towards his father and treated me as his (own) mother’who serves his elders, is glorious and energetic, yet measured in speech, who is the foremost of those beloved of that prince (Sri Rama) and a replica (in gallantry) of my father-in-law (King Dasaratha) who is ever dearer to Sri Rama (even) than I and who willingly and efficiently shoulders the responsibility with which he is saddled and on seeing whom Sri Rama (a scion of Raghu) ceases to remember his deceased father'” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kanda, Canto XXXVIII, Sloka 53-61{excerpts})
    Who else can depict the qualities of Lakshmana, as also the relationship that exists between Rama, Lakshmana and her own self, than the divine mother herself! It has however to be remembered that when Sita says, ‘Lakshmana is dearer to Rama than I,’ she is does so without the slightest trace of jealousy that is normally associated with such statements.Here is what Rt. Hon’ble Srinivasa Sastriyar has to say on this particular point.
    “Hanuman, who had seen how Rama suffered agonies by thoughts of Sita, must have thought that the man who could survive separation from Sita must be a hard-hearted person. To Hanuman whose opinions of Rama and Sita were so high, Sita herself says, ‘You don’t know! Lakshmana is dearer to my husband than I am.’ Women know this by instinct; they can weigh love in the truest of scales ‘ their innate perception! I wish to ad, ladies and gentlemen that this must have been uttered by Sita without the slightest shadow of jealousy. She herself stood high in Lakshmana’s affection for the sake of Rama, and when she made this assertion about the love of Rama to her, we may take it to be beyond doubt.”
    But the fact remains that Rama would, when it comes to choosing between Sita and Lakshmana would prefer the latter and when it comes to choosing between Lakshmana and Satya, would stick to the latter only. Truthfulness was the crme de la crme for him even more than Lakshmana, his alter ego, whom the Poet describes as ‘his very own soul’ that is functioning from outside his body.

    Both Rama and Lakshmana are made of the same substance. But that substance manifested in different forms in each’
    The few padalams ‘ Cantos ‘ of Ayodhya Kanda, that follow Rama’s acceptance of exile, bring out the unique qualities of both the brothers, Rama and Lakshmana. Both are made of the same substance. But that substance manifested in different forms in each. If one is the rain bearing cloud, the other is the lightning and thunder that reside in it. If one is calm, majestic, deep and controlled like a perennial river, the other moves like the same river when it assumes the form of a waterfall. If one is like the fire that resides on the wick of a lamp, the other jumps up to consume and turn large forests to ashes.
    Sastriyar observes on Lakshmana: “Look at Lakshmana, what a contrast! While Rama proclaimed that Dharma was above everything, Lakshmana, when he declared his doctrine, said only, ‘To me Rama sums up everything; he is all in all; I do not look behind him and beyond him. My goal is his approbation, my goal is his happiness.’ Occasionally, Rama speaks of Dharma and so on, but that does not appeal to Lakshmana. ‘Your good, your prosperity, sums up all that I see; if you give up the kingdom, I don’t see that you are doing good, that you are doing the right thing. What is higher than you?’ says Lakshmana, ‘Your interest is everything; I don’t put any thing higher.”
    Such fierce dedication to Rama! That makes him speak things, which Rama would not even imagine of uttering. When consoling Kausalya, Lakshmana says, “Nay, whosoever is a supporter of Bharata and whoever seeks to advance his interests, I shall kill them all; for he (alone) who is meek is subjected to contumely. If pleased with Kaikeyi and instigated by her, our royal father, behaves as an enemy, let him be made captive or even got rid of without (the least) attachment.” I will not hesitate to chain our father and throw him in prison or even get rid of him, if it is necessary, he says. (Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda, Canto XXI, Sloka 10, 11)
    Lakshmana would rise up in revolt, the moment he suspects that something is there that would harm the interests of Rama. That is the very essence of his character. this tiny flame quickly turns in to a blazing fire in no time.

  15. Arnasharma26

    OMG ….thank u so much for a lot of ffs n informations bhaiya n yeah…i have taken a hint from sita’s sister….keep reading….keep smiling???

  16. Jayani

    Luv it di… I feel hatred is easier dan luving coz once u get sumthing which u want, den u wudn’t want 2 b separated frm it or dem… So it better nt 2 luv or hate any1 or thing coz den in d next birth, u r going 2 hav a relation wid d same thing or person… So rather dan being emotionally tied in bandhan, it better nt 2 hav bonding wid sumthing more dan required coz dat’s nt going 2 b wid u for ever… Waiting for more shots lyk dis di… Luv u??

    Jai Siya Ram

    1. Arnasharma26

      Thank u jayu….

  17. Jayani

    Nd I kip thinking dis venever I think of u… Do luv geography sooooo much dat u always kip using sum wuds lyk VOLCANO, MOLTEN MAGMA nd many more??? Just a curiosity… Didnlt mean 2 hurt u

    1. Arnasharma26

      Its fine ….baby….luv u too ???

      1. Jayani

        Luv u di??

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